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Personal Statement

Abel works as a Research Associate in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (NAOME) at the University of Strathclyde. He currently works with Professor Feargal Brennan in the development of offshore marine and wind renewables, through the SuperGEN ORE Hub, Ocean REFuel and previously, the LiftWEC project. 

Prior to joining NAOME, Abel worked as Research Associate in Voilab at the Institute for Energy Systems (IES) at the University of Edinburgh. He worked on the fluid dynamics of smart and morphing blades for load alleviation of tidal turbines, with Professor Ignazio Maria Viola and Dr Anna Young, from University of Bath.

Abel has vast experience in experimental flume and tank testing, flow diagnostics (PIV, LDV, ADV) and low-order vortex modelling. He is keen in combined fluid problems with structural dynamics and control engineering.


Research Interests

  • Offshore renewables
  • Lift force generation
  • Unsteady aero/hydrodynamics
  • Vortex-blade interactions
  • Flow control

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, A study of the vortex flows of downwind sails, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 28 Nov 2019

Master in Science, On the progress on the design of a self-damping Flettner rotor, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 27 Nov 2014

Bachelor of Engineering, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Award Date: 30 Nov 2005


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