Modelling and Identification of Offshore Systems


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge and comprehension within the design, analysis and modelling of offshore energy systems or subsystems with complex dynamics and elements with linear and non-linear behaviour
  • Have knowledge and comprehension within test design and iterate the modelling and identification of components used in offshore energy systems
  • Have knowledge and comprehension within modelling of offshore energy systems based on physics as well as data in the form of stochastic systems or processes


  • Be able to judge the usefulness of the used different scientific methods for the analysis, modelling, and verification of offshore energy systems and/or components
  • Be able to verify the analytical and numerical approaches by means of simple laboratory experiments or real measured data series
  • Be able to communicate scientific results by means of papers, posters and oral presentations


  • Be able to control the working and development process within the project theme and be able to develop new solutions within offshore energy systems
  • Independently be able to define and analyse scientific problems for offshore energy systems and subsystems, and based on this be able to make and state the reasons for decisions made, for instance with respect to their influences on the environment
  • Independently be able to continue own development in competence and specialisation

Type of instruction

Problem based project organised work in groups. The project can be a disciplinary project, a cross disciplinary project or a part of a multi-disciplinary project, where several groups from the department do different parts of a larger project. Finally, the project can also be a part of a so-called MEGA project, where several project groups from more departments are participating, each doing their part of the large project to find a total solution.

The project should be based on a mechanical, electrical, process system, etc. used in the offshore energy area. The set-up system should be analysed, and models and simulations of the system are to be made. Different methods are to be applied to find the parameters of the system. The set-up models should be verified by experimental test either directly on a real offshore system or on a model or parts of the scaled systems set up in the laboratory.

The project work must be documented in a scientific way by a summary report, a paper and a poster as described in “Additional Information”.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module, the work load is expected to be 450 hours for the student


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • It is a precondition for students with a bachelor’s degree from AAU that they participate in the Conference for MSc Energy Students (CES). Students are obliged to prepare a scientific paper and a poster which must be presented at the conference.


Name of examModelling and Identification of Offshore Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Project on 1st Semester Offshore Energy Systems (OES).

Examination format

The exam will be based on the documentation submitted and the rules in "Guidance for the Project of 1st Semester MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering", see below.

Guidance for the Project of 1st Semester MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering
(For students with a Bachelor’s degree from Aalborg University) (not INTRO)

1. Demands to the project documentation
The project should fulfil the objectives of the 1st semester project theme and should be documented to an acceptable technical and scientific level. The documentation shall include a scientific paper and a poster, which shall fulfil the standard for an international conference, e.g. the IEEE specifications. Moreover, the documentation shall include a project summary report - see below.

2. Project documentation
The following material must be uploaded to the system “Digital Exam” on the date given for the submission:

  • Scientific paper, max. 10 pages, which presents the primary content and results of the project work
  • Project summary report (see below)
  • Project poster

3. Conference participation
The paper must be presented, by one or more group members at a conference arranged within the Department of Energy Technology. The conference will be run in the same manner as an international conference. The project poster must also be presented at this conference. All group members must attend the conference and the poster session to be allowed to participate in the project examination.

4. Project summary report
The project summary report should elaborate the project details and conclusions. The maximum length of the summary report (report without appendices) is 50 pages, and in addition the summary report should follow the rules as laid down by the Study Board in “Procedure for Project Work”, i.e. the total number of pages must not exceed 30 + 15 × number of students in the project group.

5. Project exam
The project evaluation will take place at a later date than the conference.

At the project examination the project group shall present its project work in accordance to the Examination Policies and Procedures, Addendum to the Joint Programme Regulations

The presentation and assessment of the project is conducted in English.

Facts about the module

Danish titleModellering og identifikation af offshore systemer
Module codeN-SEE-K1-2B
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Energy Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Build, Energy, Electronics and Mechanics in Esbjerg
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science