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Lecturer, Strathclyde Chancellor's fellow in Low Carbon Technologies, 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 in developing bio-inspired technologies with the ambition of providing maritime industry with effective and feasible solutions inspired by biomimetic ideas but realized by marine hydrodynamics. Weichao started my higher education journey in one of the “C9” universities in China, Harbin Institute of Technology in the year 2007, studying Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, where 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 systems. 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. 

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 to explore the application of marine control surfaces and marine ducted propulsors on future submersibles.

To date, Weichao has been awarded with 10 research and knowledge exchange projects as Principle Investigator, 9 as Co-Investigator, and 7 as Researcher. The funding is from various funding societies including EU-H2020, Department for Transport, Innovate UK, the Royal Society; and various industrial companies including 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 several international research conferences.

If you are interested in 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


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