Weichao Shi

Lecturer (Assistant Prof, Chancellor's Fellow)

Email: weichao.shi@strath.ac.uk

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 dedicated in developing applied bionic marine hydrodynamics technologies to provide maritime industry with inpsiring biomimetic ideas. 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.
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Moritz Troll

PhD Researcher

Email: moritz.troll@strath.ac.uk

Moritz Troll graduated from the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) of the University of Strathclyde in 2018 with an MEng in Naval Architecture with High-Performance Marine Vehicles with Distinction. Throughout his fourth- and fifth-year research and design projects, Moritz developed a strong interest in academic research. This motivated him to return to the NAMOE department to commence his PhD in the autumn of 2018 as a joint venture between the university and an industrial client. The PhD explores how tubercle leading-edges can be employed as flow conditioning devices to minimise and alter the turbulent wake from marine control surfaces, such as rudders, fin stabilisers, or submarine hydroplanes. The project combines sophisticated numerical analyses and experimental studies. Specialising in the analysis of lifting surfacers, Moritz is skilled in marine hydrodynamics, CFD and turbulence modelling, 3D modelling and experimental fluid dynamics using towing tanks. He is looking to further develop his experimental fluid dynamics skills through planned work with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and cavitation tunnels.
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Hongbo Hou

PhD Researcher

Email: Hongbo.hou@strath.ac.uk

Hongbo Hou graduated with BSc from the Wuhan University of Technology and MSc from the Newcastle University in Naval Architecture with Distinction degrees. Then, Hongbo started his PhD at the University of Strathclyde since March 2019. His study is to develop a self-sustainable underwater glider to improve the overall performance. The concept is inspire by the sperm whales. Hongbo Hou and Dr. Shi have invented a new type of thermal buoyancy engine can be used on an underwater glider and applied for a patent. Based on the new thermal buoyancy engine, Hongbo Hou uses MATLAB to design and optimize a dual-purpose turbine&propeller which can be used as a power generation turbine and a propeller for underwater glider. Hongbo Hou’s skills include : thermal buoyancy engine design and development, wind/tidal turbine design and optimization, CFD, MATLAB

Callum Stark

PhD Researcher

Email: callum.stark@strath.ac.uk

Callum Stark graduated with an MEng in Aero-Mechanical Engineering with Distinction in 2019 from the University of Strathclyde. Callum commenced his PhD topic within the NAOME department immediately after returning from undertaking his master’s project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to explore the noise reduction and hydrodynamic benefits of leading-edge tubercle marine ducted thrusters in collaboration with an industrial client. The initial findings have resulted in 3 patent applications between UoS and the industrial client where Callum is listed as a co-inventor. Currently, in addition to this, Callum has also led the numerical study of the leading-edge tubercle open propeller using CFD, investigating the effect on cavitation development and designed a compact dynamometer alongside Dr. Shi which is in the assembly stage. Callum is skilled within; optimisation through multi-order regression analysis, 3D modelling, design for manufacture, CFD, hydrodynamics, cavitation and  hydroacoustics.

Yunxin Xu

PhD Researcher

Email: Yunxin.xu@strath.ac.uk

Yunxin Xu graduated from the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) of the University of Strathclyde in 2019 with an MSc in Ship and Offshore Structures. During the research project in the postgraduate stage, Yunxin developed a strong interest in academic research. After that, Yunxin started his PhD at the University of Strathclyde in 2019, inspired by the remora fish’s “hitchhiking” behaviour. Through analysing the remora fish's swimming strategy in boundary layer using CFD, his study is to develop a novel dynamic recovery strategy for AUVs. Yunxin is skilled in AUV design and development, 3D modelling, structure analysis, CFD and hydrodynamics.

Yang Song

Visiting researcher

Email: song_yang@tju.edu.cn

Yang Song graduated with MSc from Tianjin University in Mechanical Engineering. Then, Yang started his PhD at Tianjin University since September 2017. He is now a visiting researcher funded by China Scholarship Council and the Royal Society. His research interests covering motion control and energy analysis of underwater vehicle and glider. He designed and improved the buoyancy driven system and energy system of the Petrel underwater glider. Yang Song’s skills include: dynamic modelling and control, buoyancy engine design and development, machine learning, MATLAB, Mathematica.

Emmie Hutchison

Emmie Hutchison is studying a MEng in Naval Architecture with Ocean Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. During her 4th year, Emmie completed an individual project which investigated the effects of turbulence on tidal turbine performance. Following on from this project, Emmie received an internship opportunity to research the performance and dynamic response of a tidal turbine during an emergency stop using computational fluid dynamics.