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Personal Statement

Abel is working as Research Associate at NAOME at the University Strathclyde on the development of a novel wave energy converter based on hydrodynamic lift forces (LiftWEC). His focus lies on the hydroelastic and structural analysis working with Prof Feargal Brennan and Dr Weichao Shi and with partners Queen’s University Belfast, Hamburg University of Technology, Maynooth University, INNOSEA, Aalborg University, University College Cork, LHEEA Centrale Nantes, Julia F. Chozas Consulting Engineer and WavEC.

Previously Abel worked as Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh on the fluid dynamics of smart and morphing blades for tidal turbines with Dr Ignazio Maria Viola and Dr Anna Young from University of Bath. Abel obtained his PhD in the winter of 2019 at the University of Edinburgh. His thesis aimed to extend the understanding of the vortex flows of downwind sails. His Viva examiners were Prof. Holger Babinsky from University of Cambridge and Prof. William Crowther from University of Manchester.

Prior to his PhD, Abel was awarded a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh, with his thesis titled "On the progress on the design of a self-damping Flettner rotor". Abel worked as a wireline field engineer in Schlumberger and got his BSc in Mechatronics engineering in Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico with a semester abroad in Hochschule Furtwangen University, Germany.

Research Interests

  • Marine renewables
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Fluid-structure interactions
  • Particle Image Velocimetry
  • Flow control

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 28 Nov 2019

Master in Science, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 27 Nov 2014

Bachelor of Engineering, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Award Date: 30 Nov 2005

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Research Output

Recent advances in numerical and experimental downwind sail aerodynamics

Souppez, J-B. R. G., Arredondo-Galeana, A. & Viola, I. M., 16 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Sailing Technology. 4, 1, p. 45-65 21 p.

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    The leading-edge vortex of yacht sails

    Arredondo-Galeana, A. & Viola, I. M., 1 Jul 2018, In : Ocean Engineering. 159, p. 552-562 11 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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