Jannette B. Frandsen has a mix of experiences from academia and industry ranging from practical engineering to fundamental research. Dr. Frandsen has more than 20 years of experience of these about 10 years spent on full time industry projects in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors serving as a structural engineer, MetOcean specialist and project manager in seas worldwide. About 10 years have been fully devoted to academic works involving (1) fluid-structure interaction modeling for wind sensitive structures, and (2) developing ocean wave models for coastal protection and behavior of marine structures. Capturing combined physics effects of fluid and structural elasticity/dynamics is one of the key drivers.
Dr. Frandsen’s research investigations revolve around modeling and predictions of wind flow, ocean waves and their interaction with structures and coast lines including sloshing predictions for structural stabilization, structural vibration suppression and general free-surface model developments. Her research approach integrates theoretical, numerical and experimental methodologies. Identifying new mathematical descriptions and new numerical models are drivers to improve the understanding through modeling of the fundamental nonlinear processes at the boundaries. The themes of projects are focused yet broad, crossing disciplines, in ocean/wind engineering, aero/hydro elasticity, renewable energy, nonlinear dynamics, computational methods, experimental testing and behaviour of structures.
Dr. Frandsen received her B.Sc. from the Technical University of Denmark, M.Sc. from Imperial College London and the doctorate at Cambridge. She was appointed a Departmental Lecturership at Oxford and concurrently held a Fellowship at Oriel College. She has also taught and undertaken research in USA, U.K., Canada and Australia. She was awarded the US NSF CAREER Award in 2004 on the principle of using a kinetic modeling approach in aero- and hydrodynamics applications. In 2013-16, she was awarded the chairholder of the research chair in coastal and river engineering, through the convention of INRS, University of Québec, and the ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Public Safety, Québec (Canada) - an initiative driven by starting up education of students and staff in the area of coastal engineering. The chair endeavour involved projects in the new large scale wave flume facility at INRS, Québec.
Dr. Frandsen has been well funded in particular in the USA and Canada. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of fluid dynamics, nonlinear free-surface water waves, bluff-body aerodynamics and fluid-structure interactions. Much experience in teaching at all levels have been undertaken. She has concentrated on classes in the field of water wave mechanics, fluid dynamics, structural analysis, structural dynamics, fluid-structure interactions, numerical analysis, partial differential equations, and nonlinear phenomena. She has taught more than 20 courses since Ph.D. graduation and simultaneously conducted research resulting in more than 50 publications. Dr. Frandsen has given about 100 talks worldwide including more than 45 invited presentations. She has supervised and graduated students at the undergraduate, Master of Science, Ph.D. and post doctoral levels. Most MSc. students have continued at the Ph.D. level and some Ph.D.s hold university lectureships.
Underpinning her academic experience, Dr. Frandsen spends several years working in industry. In 1988, she joined Hoejgaard and Schultz, Denmark, working on structural mechanics problem. Later, she was appointed a structural mechanics position at Kvaerner Earl & Wright where she got involved with conceptual and detailed analysis/design of fixed and floating offshore platforms. Hereafter, she worked for Tarmac Black and Veatch and Dar-Al-Handasah (U.K.) where she undertook analysis and design of bridges, harbor and military structures. She has also worked on joint venture, offshore marine structural projects, in Norway, Singapore and Australia including offshore projects at Hardcastle Richards Earl & Right, Kvaerner R J. Brown and Kvaerner oil & Gas. In 2009-2013, she served as a consultant, in Europe (working with Niras/Dong Energy/DK, Abengoa Research/Spain), on industry related applications in ocean/coastal engrg., especially metocean assessments and input-to-design of offshore wind farms and assessments of wave energy converters.