Structural Design of Offshore Structures - The Process and Challenges

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 2:30pm
3110 Etcheverry Hall
Bingbin Yu, Ph.D.

Senior Structural Designer

Principle Power Inc., Emeryville, CA


E-201 Ocean Engineering Seminar Series, Spring 2017


2:00 - 2:30pm Beverages & Refreshments

2:30 - 4:00pm Seminar


Ocean environment is highly complex and contains a great deal of uncertainty. To design an offshore structure that would sustain a certain period of time, say, half a century, it requires a comprehensive method that involves the knowledge of statistics, wave theory, hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, material handling and fabrication etc. The process of designing and eventually fabricating an offshore structure involves close cooperation of naval architects, structural engineers as well as fabrication and manufacturing specialists. This seminar provides an overview of the theoretical background and general process of how to design an offshore structure to sustain the hostile ocean environment, and the special challenges when designing innovative structures that would not fall within the normal scope of existing classification rules.



Dr. Bingbin Yu is a Senior Structural Engineer in Principle Power Inc., Emeryville, CA, well known for its innovative offshore wind turbine called “WindFloat”.   Her main work focus is on fatigue assessment and structural optimization of offshore wind turbines.  She also worked as a part-time lecturer in UC Berkeley in 2015, teaching ME240A/B, Advanced Marine Structures.  She graduated from The University of Michigan with a Doctoral Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (2014) and has served as a consultant in various capacities for offshore fabrication and design. Her research interests include ice loading on offshore wind turbines in the Great Lakes, reliability analysis of offshore structures, and shape and stability of membrane structures.


Hosted by: Professor Simo Mäkiharju, 6179 Etcheverry Hall (