Weichao Shi


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Lecturer, Strathclyde Chancellor's fellow in Low Carbon Technologies, to support the teaching and R&D activities in the field of marine renewable energy, underwater vehicle and marine propulsion system with specialties in experimental and numerical marine hydrodynamics.

Weichao is a bold and ambitious academic, currently leading a research team in developing applied biomimetics marine hydrodynamics with a dedication in providing maritime industry with effective and feasible solutions inspired by biomimetic ideas but realized by marine hydrodynamics (https://www.abmhydro.com/). His research interests covering various marine related subjects, marine and offshore renewable energy, self-sustainable AUVs, ship hydrodynamics, energy saving device, marine propellers and propulsions, and drag reduction of marine coatings etc.

Weichao's underpinning research contribution is the application of the undulated leading edge inspired by Humpback Whale flippers on marine devices, which has the ability of improving the performance in high angles of attack, constraining the cavitation development as well as lowering the underwater radiated noise level. The research initiated two projects funded by BAE Systems Submarines (£164k) to explore the application of marine control surfaces and marine ducted propulsors on future submersibles.

To date, Weichao has been awarded with 6 research and knowledge exchange projects as Principle Investigator, 8 as Co-Investigator, and 7 as Researcher. The funding is from various funding societies including EU-H2020, the Royal Society; and various industrial companies including BAE Systems, James Fisher and Defence, etc. Meanwhile, Weichao and his team have generated 50 journal and conference papers and 5 granted patents with 2 new inventions currently under review. Weichao serves as guest editor for Journal of Ocean Engineering and as editorial board member for Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Journal of Sustainable Marine Structures.

Research Interests

l Marine Renewable Energy and Renewable Energy Powered Marine Vehicles

Seeking for PhD candidates with funding opportunities.

l Marine propulsor and marine control surface hydrodynamic performance, cavitation, noise and vibration

Seeking for PhD candidates with funding opportunities.

l Design analysis and optimization of ship hull forms

l Design, development and experimental verification of EEDI devices

l Hydrodynamic performance of biofouling coatings

Expertise & Capabilities

l Marine hydrodynamic experiments: resistance and propulsion test; open water test; cavitation test; underwater radiated noise test; PIV test (Particle Image Velocimetry); LDV test (Laser Doppler Velocimetry); Skin Friction test of marine coatings.

l CFD Software: Ansys (CFX, Fluent, Workbench, Mechanical, ANSYS Composite PrepPost);Star-CCM+; Pointwise; Tecplot; Shipflow

l CAD Software: Solidworks; Rhino; AutoCAD

l Coding: Labview; Fortran; C

l Animation Software: Autodesk 3DS MAX

Language: English; Chinese

Teaching Interests


NM837 Underwater Vehicle 


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