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Senior Lecturer, in the field of marine renewable energy, underwater vehicle and marine propulsion system with specialties in experimental and numerical marine hydrodynamics.

Weichao is currently leading a research team developing applied biomimetics marine hydrodynamics technology with the ambition of providing the marine industry with effective and feasible solutions inspired by the mother nature. Weichao started his higher education at the Harbin Institute of Technology in the year 2007, studying Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering. He continued his Master degree study in Mechtronics and got inspired to devote himself in tidal energy research. During his Master study, he was involved in several national R&D projects developing marine renewable energy. In 2013, he moved to Newcastle University and continued his PhD research in the Emersion Cavitation Tunnel, working on biomimetic concepts to improve tidal turbine performance. 

To date, Weichao has been working on 20+ research and knowledge exchange projects with funding from various funding societies, including EU-H2020, Innovate UK, Department for Transport, the Royal Society, and various industrial companies, like BAE Systems, James Fisher and Defence, etc. Meanwhile, Weichao and his team have generated around 60 journal and conference papers and 5 granted patents with 3 new applications.

Weichao serves as guest editor for Journal of Ocean Engineering and Journal of Marine Science and Engineering; and as editorial board member for Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Journal of Sustainable Marine Structures. He also contributes organising in many international research conferences.

For Weichao's research, please check the research website, https://www.abmhydro.com/.

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 

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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