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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

Research Interests

v As Principal Investigator

l Design and Optimization for the Noise Reduction Marine Ducted Thrusters, BAE Systems Submarine (10/2019-09/2022, MEIR PhD 16, PI, £72k)

l A Biomimetic Inspired Energy Saving Device on Marine Propeller, The Royal Society (03/2019-03/2020, RGS\R1\191167, PI, £19k)

l Biomimetic Improvement for Underwater Glider Wings in Ultra-low Reynolds Number, Shanghai Jiaotong University Open Fund (01/2019-01/2021, 1801, PI, ¥ 80k)

l Control or Mitigation of the Turbulence Generated by Marine Control Surfaces, BAE Systems Submarine (10/2018-09/2021, MEIR PhD 17, PI, £72k) 

v As Co-Investigator

l Hydrodynamic coating performance test for Jotun (Co-I, £25k, Industry)

Axis Tension Leg Buoy for Floating Wind/Wave Energy Generation (Co-I,, £20k, Industry)

v As Researcher

 l Full-scale CFD Analysis for Hull Flow of a 42m Landing Craft for Optimal Location of Echo-Sounders and Speed Log (Co-I, £56k, Industry)

 l EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (Researcher, £10k, EPSRC): A biomimetic aid for energy saving in marine propulsion

 l Newton Research Collaboration Programme funded by Royal Academy of Engineering (Based on PhD project, Researcher, £20k awarded): Research on an efficient and reliable biomimetic blade dedicated for tidal turbines

l EU-FP7 Sea-FRONT (Researcher, 2.66M): Innovative antifouling materials for maritime applications

l EU-FP7 SONIC (Researcher,3M): Suppression Of underwater Noise Induced by Cavitation

l Mooring Tidal Current Energy System with Twin Ducted Turbines (Researcher, ¥ 2,200,000, From National Ocean Technology Centre, NOTC, P.R.China): design, optimisation and validation for the tidal energy unit as the project for master degree.

l Bidirectional Tidal Current Energy Conversion System with Direct-Drive Permanent Magnetic Generator (Researcher, ¥ 1,850,000, From National Ocean Technology Centre, NOTC, P.R.China): Conducted as the CFD work as the thesis for undergraduate degree.

National Shallow-Water Experimental Field, Chu Island, Weihai: participate in the preliminary investigation

Personal Statement

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

With the experience in the Kelvin Hydrodynamic Lab, the Emerson Cavitation Tunnel and the HIT circulating water channel, I have developed my research portfolio covering a wide range of marine related subjects, particularly like marine and offshore renewable energy (Tidal and Wind), self-sustainable AUVs, turbulence and noise control of marine propulsors and marine control surfaces, etc. 

Teaching Interests


NM837 Underwater Vehicle 



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Projects 2019 2022

Research Output 2013 2019

Open Access
Turbulent flow
Channel flow
Naval architecture
3 Citations (Scopus)

Effect of waves on the leading-edge undulated tidal turbines

Shi, W., Atlar, M., Norman, R., Day, S. & Aktas, B., 28 Feb 2019, In : Renewable Energy. 131, p. 435-447 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Ship model tanks
Turbomachine blades

Activities 2013 2019

  • 4 Journal peer review
  • 2 Organiser of major conference
  • 2 Journal or guest editorship
  • 1 Oral presentation

Sustainable Marine Structures (Journal)

Weichao Shi (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal or guest editorship

Ocean Engineering (Journal)

Weichao Shi (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal or guest editorship