People

Who's who in the group

People

Academics

  • Prof. Rodney Eatock Taylor, FREng, (Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Emeritus Fellow of St. Hugh's College)
  • Prof. Guy Houlsby , FREng,(Professor of Civil Engineering and Professorial Fellow of Brasenose College)
  • Prof. Richard Willden (Professor of Engineering Science and Tutorial Fellow St. Edmund Hall); EPSRC Advanced Fellow
  • Prof. Thomas Adcock (Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow St. Peter's College)
  • Prof. Chris MacMinn (Associate Professor and Non-Tutorial Fellow University College)
  • Prof. Ross McAdam (Associate Professor and Non-Tutorial Fellow Harris Manchester College)
  • Prof. Ton van den Bremer (Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow Worcester College); RAEng Fellow
  • Dr Takafumi Nishino (Departmental lecturer)
  • Dr Christopher Vogel (Senior Research Associate in Renewable Energy)

Visiting Professor

Visiting Fellows 

  • Dr Peter Tromans

Research Assistants 

Research Students

Alumni

Past members of the research group have gone onto successful careers in a variety of fields. A large number have gone on to take up academic posts as listed below:

  • Thomas Adcock (formerly undergraduate project student; DPhil student and post-doc; now at University of Oxford)
  • Wei Bai (formerly post-doc; now at MMU)
  • Clarissa Belloni (formerly DPhil student; now at The Ohio State University)
  • Alistair Borthwick, FREng, (formerly Professor of Engineering Science; now Professor of Applied Hydrodynamics, University of Edinburgh)
  • Felicien Bonnefoy (formerly post-doc; now at Ecole Centrale de Nantes)
  • Eugeny Buldakov (formerly post-doc; now at University College London)
  • Mark Cassidy (DPhil student in ocean waves and geotechnics; now at University of Western Australia)
  • Ming Jyh Chern (DPhil student; now at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology)
  • Scott Draper (DPhil student; now at University of Western Australia)
  • Esteban Ferrer (DPhil student; now at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Deborah Greaves, OBE (DPhil student; now at University of Plymouth)
  • Alison Hunt-Raby (DPhil student; now at University of Plymouth)
  • Wei-koon Lee (DPhil student; now at UiTM)
  • Quihua Liang (DPhil student and post-doc; now at Newcastle University)
  • Ross McAdam (formerly undergraduate project student; DPhil student and post-doc; now at University of Oxford)
  • Mohd. Ridza bin Mohd. Haniffah (D.Phil student; now at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
  • Dezhi Ning (formerly post-doc; now at Dalian University of Technology)
  • Takafumi Nishino (formerly post-doc; now at Cranfield University)
  • Ben Rogers (DPhil student and post-doc; now at University of Manchester)
  • Abhi Sarkar (DPhil student; now at Carleton University)
  • Paul Taylor (formerly Professor of Engineering Science; now Winthrop Professor of Offshore Engineering, University of Western Australia)
  • Tim Stallard (DPhil student; now at University of Manchester)
  • Bin Teng (formerly post-doc; now at Dalian University of Technology)
  • Ton van den Bremer (formerly DPhil student; now at University of Oxford)
  • Chris Vogel (formerly DPhil student and post-doc; now at University of Oxford)
  • Jr Ping Wang (DPhil student; now at National Kaohsiung Marine University)
  • Hugh Wolgamot (DPhil student; now at University of Western Australia)
  • Jun Zang (formerly departmental lecturer; now at University of Bath)



Thomas Adcock

Thomas Adcock
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Thomas Adcock

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About
Thomas Adcock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow at St Peter's College, Oxford
Image JPEG imageThomas Adcock on survey ship off Calvados coast; probably doing e-mails
Research
Thomas Adcock's research interests.
Research group
Thomas Adcock's research group
Teaching
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Thomas Adcock cricket (photo credit Adrian Gray)
Background
Popular media
Image JPEG imageThomas Adcock testing Bombardon breakwater used in Mulberry Harbour on the One Show
Publications
Academic publications
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Image JPEG imageSprite in Mallorca
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Tom Adcock dropping a kayak into water
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Image JPEG imageKalbarri National Park
Image JPEG imageTrevellas, Cornwall
Image JPEG imageIsis from Donnington Bridge with iPhone
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University of Oxford engineering department 3rd year lab
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Flying a drone
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Image JPEG imageClints of Dromore
Thomas Adcock Drone credit MaryAnn Noonan
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Drone
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Mandalay Beach, Western Australia
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ImageLynton Devon
ImageTom Adcock's research group
Ahmad Firdus, Tulio Moreira, Andrea Schnabl, Paul Bonar, Lei Chen, Tuo Wang, Dripta Sarkar, Vance Tan. In the Royal Oak.
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Adcock and van den Bremer groups punting on the Cherwell

Aidan Wilmshurst

Academic Background


Aidan graduated from the University of Southampton in  June 2014 with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering with Sustainable Energy Systems. After attending the 3rd Oxford University Tidal Energy Workshop in April 2014, he joined the Tidal Energy Research Group in October 2014. His research is funded by EPSRC and EON. 

Research interests


Aidan's research involves understanding the interaction between local bathymetric features and the performance of tidal stream turbines. Computational fluid dynamics will be used to examine the large scale turbulent structures and their interaction with the turbines.

Aidan's other interests include numerical methods, fluid mechanics and renewable energy systems.   

Contact: aidan.wimshurst@eng.ox.ac.uk

Chanshu Gao

MSc by research in Engineering Science

Academic background

Chanshu obtained two Bachelor’s degrees in Oceanography at both Nanjing University (CHN) and University of Southampton (UK) with first class honours and best graduating student prize in July 2014. She joined the Tidal Energy Research Group at the University of Oxford in October 2014.

Research interests

Chanshu’s Research interests include numerical experiments and analytics to understand the impact of tidal resonance on tidal stream energy.

Contact
email: chanshu.gao@eng.ox.ac.uk

 

Lucy Auton

Lucy Auton

Academic Background

Lucy graduated from the Mathematics Department at Oxford University in 2014 with a first class degree classification in her MMath. She is currently a first-year DPhil student in Civil Engineering, working with Prof. Chris MacMinn. Her research is funded by EPSRC.

Research interests

Lucy’s research involves developing mathematical models for phenomena associated with hydraulic fracture ("fracking"). She is particularly interested in the interplay between flow and deformation, including plastic failure driven by injection and multiphase flow driven by swelling.

Lucy Auton

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Dripta Sarkar

Dripta hails from India and he completed his undergraduate studies in Ocean Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur in 2012. He then undertook his PhD studies at the School of Mathematical Sciences in University College Dublin, supervised by Prof. Frederic Dias. His doctoral thesis dealt with the mathematical modelling and optimization of wave energy converters and arrays. 
Dripta's current project involves the prediction of fast tidal currents using machine learning techniques.  The work is in collaboration with Prof. Thomas Adcock and Prof. Michael Osborne.

Tuo Wang

Tuo graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class BEng degree in Environmental Engineering in 2014. After that he continued his study in Environmental Engineering in Imperial College London, and has been awarded the MSc degree of Imperial College London with Distinction in 2015. He joined the Tidal Energy Research Group at Oxford in Oct 2015.

Andrea Schnabl

Andrea graduated from the Technical University Munich with a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. After obtaining her degree she continued her studies at the Technical University Munich and at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, graduating with a MSc degree in Energy and Process Technology in 2015 and with an MEng degree in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems in 2014, respectively. In October 2015 she joined the Tidal Energy Research Group at Oxford.

Luke Jenkins

Academic Background

Luke graduated from the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London with a first class degree in Geophysics in 2015 and spent the summer of 2014 as an exchange student at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Luke is currently working on a DPhil in Earth Sciences and is funded by the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas.

Research interests

Luke’s research aims to better elucidate the physical processes that govern the subsurface flow of fluids in geological porous media, with applications to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and hydrocarbon flows through reservoirs and fractured networks. Luke also maintains interest in computational geodynamics, particularly subduction dynamics – the subject of his master’s thesis.

Contact: luke.jenkins@earth.ox.ac.uk

Lei Chen

Lei graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BEng degree in Civil Engineering with first class honours and Dean’s Scholarship in June 2016. He joined the Tidal Energy Research Group at the University of Oxford in Oct 2016.
Lei’s research aims to better understand the energy extraction from tidal flows with application to candidate sites in China

Tulio Marcondes Moreira

Graduated in Civil Engineering in the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brasil). Completed a M.S. in Renewable & Clean Energy at the University of Dayton (United States).

Research interest:

Research interest in tidal energy, renewable energy sources, fluid mechanics and dynamic systems.

Paul Bonar

Paul obtained a first class BE in Civil Engineering from NUI Galway in 2011, and an MSc with distinction in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh in 2012. He then joined the Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh, where his research is supervised by Prof Alistair Borthwick, Dr Vengatesan Venugopal, and Prof Thomas Adcock at the University of Oxford. His ongoing doctoral work explores both the social and ecological impacts of marine energy and the optimal arrangement of turbines in tidal channels.

Paul joined the Tidal Energy Research Group at the University of Oxford in October 2016. He is now working in collaboration with Prof Thomas Adcock and Dr Wei Koon Lee at Universiti Teknologi MARA to make a robust assessment of the tidal stream power resource of Malaysia.

Qian Ma

Academic Background

Qian graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class BEng degree in Civil Engineering and won  East  Midlands  Geotechnical  Group Civil Engineering Prize in 2015. After that she continued her study in Civil and Environmental Engineering in Imperial College London and was awarded the MSc degree with Distinction in 2016.

She joint the Tidal Energy Research Group at Oxford working with Prof. Thomas Adcock in 2016 , with funding from the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

Research Interests

Qian's research focuses on the impact of a barrage on storm surge defence in the Bristol Channel using prediction analysis. 

Bowen Cao

Academic Background

I graduated from University of Edinburgh with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 and was awarded IMechE Best Student Certificate in 2015. Then I studied in Advanced Computational Method at imperial College London and was awarded MSc degree with distinction (avg. 84%) in 2016. I joined in Tidal Energy Research group at Oxford in 2016.

Research Interests

My research interests include numerically understanding interactions between tidal flows and turbine blades and thus increasing turbine efficiency.

Christopher Vogel

Senior Research Assistant

Academic backgroundChristopher Vogel

Christopher graduated from the University of Auckland with a first class BE(Hons) and senior scholar in Engineering Science in May 2011. Christopher joined the Tidal Energy Research Group at the University of Oxford in the same month, with funding from the Oxford Martin School through the Programme on Globalising Tidal Power Generation, and completed his DPhil in 2015.

Research Interests

Christopher's research interests focus on wind and tidal power. His work has included the development of analytic and numerical models to understand the interaction between power extraction and the natural hydrodynamics of tidal basins, blade element momentum theory based models for the prediction of turbine performance in volume-flux constrained flows, and RANS-CFD analysis and design of single turbines and multi-turbine farms for both wind and tidal turbines.

Teaching

Christopher has taught the first and second year engineering courses in mathematics, statics and dynamics, and fluid and thermodynamics at a range of colleges in Oxford. Within the department, he been a lab demonstrator for the first year Matlab course, second year thermofluids laboratory, third year hydraulics laboratory, and been a teaching assistant for the third year soil mechanics course. He has also been involved with the Headstart and UNIQ engineering outreach programmes for the last few years.

Supervision

If you're interested in joining the research group, please don't hesitate to get in touch with an outline of your research interests.

Contact

Email:

Christopher Vogel

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Mohamad Bin Osman

Academic background

I graduated from University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) with a second class upper bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2012. I received my master's degree in engineering (hydraulics and hydrology) from the same university in 2016 and was awarded Best Student Certificate. I joined in Tidal Energy Research group at Oxford in 2016.

Research Interests

My research interests include using CFD to model the unsteady loading on offshore floating tidal turbine.

Jian Hui (James) Guan

Jian Hui (James) joined Prof. Chris MacMinn’s group at Oxford as a postdoctoral research assistant in experimental fluid mechanics in June 2017. His current project deals with the control of viscous fingering with fluid-structure interactions.

Jian undertook this PhD studies at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, during which he was supervised by Prof. Glen McHale whilst working as part of the Smart Materials and Surfaces laboratory. Jian’s PhD research project was in soft matter physics, specifically in the dynamics of liquid droplets on low friction surfaces. He is also interested in flow and transport in microfluidic systems, particularly in capillary flows on hydrophobic, hydrophilic and lubricant-impregnated surfaces.


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Tianning Tang

Academic Background

Tianning (Tim) graduated from University of Nottingham with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 and was awarded IMechE Best Student Certificate in 2017. Tianning joined in Environmental Fluid Mechancis group at Oxford in 2017.

Research Interests

Tianning’s research aims at better understanding for wave/structure interactions for extreme waves.

Tim Delport

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Timothy Delport

Academic BackgroundTim Delport

Tim graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia, with a first class BE (Hons) in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering, in November 2014. He has worked in both geotechnical and mine waste engineering in the Australian resource and transport sections before joining the University of Oxford in 2017 as a General Sir John Monash Scholar.

Research Interests and Background

Tim’s research interests at Oxford focus toward the geotechnical and hydraulic principles of geothermal, oil and gas systems.

His research background however is founded in mine waste (tailings) engineering, where he took a keen interest in investigating the dewatering of problematic clay-mineral-rich coal tailings, funded by the Australian Coal Association. His work has included the development of experimental testing suites to characterise the geotechnical and geochemical properties of mine waste solids and water, effecting tailings performance during dewatering processes including settling, filtration, coagulation, primary flocculation and secondary flocculation.

Contact

Email: timothy.delport@eng.ox.ac.uk

Federico Zilic de Arcos

Federico is a Naval Engineer with a major in naval architecture. He graduated as the best student from the Austral University of Chile with maximum distinction in 2015. After graduating, he has been involved in research and engineering projects linked to the marine sector, including the execution of numerical and experimental simulations, designing devices for marine operation and co-founding a spin-out company.
His areas of interests are the applications of computational models of both structural and fluid mechanics and is currently working on the hydroelastic modeling of tidal turbines.

Xingya Feng

Xingya took his PhD study in the National University of Singapore (NUS) between 2011-2015 with the research topic 'Hydrodynamic analysis of wave interaction with marine multi-body systems'. After graduation he worked as a research fellow in NUS in 2016. He then joined the industry classification society Bureau Veritas (Singapore) as a R&D Engineer in 2017. Since March 2018, Xingya joined the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group at the University of Oxford as a postdoc.
Xingya's research focuses on hydrodynamics of wave-structure interactions. His work includes development of numerical models for water waves and their interactions with floating bodies. He has experiences with both potential flow models and CFD. Currently he is interested in offshore renewable energy.

James McNaughton

I obtained my undergraduate degree in mathematics at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2008. I then moved to the University of Manchester where I obtained a masters with distinction in Theoretical and Applied Fluid Dynamics and a PhD using computational fluid dynamics to study tidal stream turbines. My PhD was supervised by Dr David Apsley and Dr Alistair Revell and funded by EDF through the ETI ReDAPT project.

Following my doctoral studies, I worked for tidal turbine developer Alstom Ocean Energy (later becoming GE Renewable Energy) as a Performance and Hydrodynamics Engineer and then for EDF Energy R&D UK Centre as a Research Engineer in offshore wind O&M. I am a member of the BSI Committee for Development of Standards in Wave and Tidal Energy and part of the IEC ad-hoc group for power performance of tidal energy converters.

I joined the Tidal Energy Research Group at the University of Oxford as a postdoc in March 2018, working with Prof. Richard Willden and Dr Christopher Vogel, investigating rotors designed for constructive interference.

Yan Li

I obtained my undergraduate degree in naval architecture and ocean engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 2011. I then pursued my master degree of science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China. Particularly, I primarily worked on Hydrodynamics and VIM of a deep-draft semisubmersible concept designed for the South China Sea during the 2.5 years at SJTU. In August 2014, I moved to Trondheim, Norway due to a PhD position there. I stayed in the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My PhD project works on fluid dynamics: wave-shear current interaction. I obtained my PhD degree in 2017 and then continued this topic in the same group for one more year as a postdoctoral researcher. I moved to Oxford at the end of August 2018, and am currently staying in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, as a postdoctoral research assistant in wave modeling. My current project deals with surface waves propagating over varying bathymetry, focusing on the formation mechanism of rogue/freak/giant waves in a non-equilibrium state.

My research interests are in general broad. I am interested in (not limited to) water waves, wave-structure interaction, wave-current interaction, ocean wave models, and loads on offshore structures.