Professor

Thomas Adcock DPhil (Oxon) MEng

Associate Professor

Tutorial Fellow at St Peter's College

Director of Third Year Studies

TEL: 01865 273907
  • Biography
  • Research
  • Research Group
  • DPhil Supervision
  • Publications

Biography

Thomas Adcock went up to read engineering science at St. Peter’s College, Oxford in 2001. He took the civil and mechanical engineering options and spent his vacations working for Halcrow Group at Burderop Park in Wiltshire in their ports and dockyards group.

He then completed a D.Phil., also at the University of Oxford, under Paul Taylor for which he moved to New College, where he was MCR president. After a short post-doc in Oxford, he worked in engineering consultancy as a metocean engineer for GL Noble Denton in London. He returned to Oxford to do a post-doc in tidal stream energy. Thomas was appointed departmental lecturer in August 2012 and to a university lectureship (now retitled as an associate professorship) in October 2012 with an official fellowship at St Peter’s College.

Research Interests

Thomas Adcock is a metocean engineer. The work of his research group looks at how engineers understand the ocean environment and how infrastructure interacts with this. They work on a broad range of topics that include:

Statistics and non-linear physics of extreme waves (rogue waves)

In many areas around the world wind generated waves are the dominant environmental load. Around extreme wave events non-linear physics plays a significant role changing the shape and dynamics of extreme events.

Wave structure interaction

The interaction between waves and offshore infrastructure such as offshore wind turbines is often complex. This group aims to understand the fundamental physics of such interaction and improve design methodologies.

Resource assessment of tidal stream energy

Tidal stream turbines extract energy from fast flowing tidal currents. This energy is reliable and its generation will have no carbon dioxide emissions. Thomas works on understanding and quantifying the nature of the resource.

Storm surges

Storm surges are atmospheric disturbances to the sea level and can lead to flooding and damage to low lying coastal areas. Thomas' work seeks to understand these better through physical modelling and analysis of field data.

The group uses a combination of analytical, numerical and experimental methods. They place a lot of emphasis on the analysis of field data from the ocean and into developing data analysis techniques including working with colleagues in machine learning.

Their work is carried out in collaboration with academics in the UK and around the world. Major collaborations are with the University of Western Australia, Shanghai Jiao Tong and Danish Technical University

Post-docs

  • Dr Yan Li
  • Dr Xingya Feng
  • Dr Anela Bajrić-Hodžić

Graduate students

  • Dylan Barratt (St Cross College)
  • Tianning Tang (Somerville College)
  • Qian Ma (St Anne's College)
  • Tulio Moreira (Brasenose College) — co-supervised with Guy Houlsby
  • Ahmad Firdaus (St Anne's College) — co-supervised with Guy Houlsby
  • Lei Chen (St Anne's College)
  • Andrea Schnabl (Balliol College) — co-supervised with Guy Houlsby

Alumni

  • Emmanuel Oladokun (2018 — Undergraduate intern, St Peter's College)
  • Tuo Wang (2015-2018 — M.Sc by research student, St Edmund Hall — thesis)
  • Dr Dritpa Sarkar (2015 -2017 — postdoc)
  • Dr Paul Bonar (2014-2017 — PhD, University of Edinburgh) — co-supervised with Alistair Borthwick and Venki Venugopal; (2016-2017 postdoc)
  • Amin Ghadirian (2017 — Graduate visitor from Danish Technical University)
  • Chanshu Gao (2014-2017 — M.Sc by research student, Mansfield College — thesis)
  • Josh Wagner (2016 — Graduate visitor from Texas A&M)
  • Jordan Wagner (2016 — Graduate visitor from Texas A&M)
  • Dr Isabel García-Hermosa (2016 — post-doc)
  • Rob Weston (2015 — Undergraduate intern, Keble)
  • Dr Sena Serhadlıoğlu (2010-2014 — D.Phil. student, St Edmund Hall)

DPhil Supervision

I am always looking for outstanding graduate students to join the team. I would encourage potential students to contact me by email before applying.

Journal papers

2018

P.A.J. Bonar, T.A.A. Adcock, V. Venugopal, A.G.L. Borthwick (2018) Performance of non-uniform tidal turbine arrays in uniform flow, Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy, 4(3), 231-241.

P.A.J. Bonar, A.M. Schnabl, W-K. Lee and T.A.A. Adcock (2018) Assessment of the Malaysian tidal stream energy resource using an upper bound approach, Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy 4(2) 99-109.

M.L. McAllister, T.A.A. Adocck, P.H. Taylor and T.S. Van Den Bremer (2018) The set-down and set-up of directionally spread and crossing surface gravity wave groups, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 835 131-169.

M.L. McAllister, S. Draycott, T.A.A. Adocck, P.H. Taylor and T.S. Van Den Bremer(2018) Laboratory recreation of the Draupner wave and the role of breaking in crossing seas, accepted, Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

S.P. Neill, A. Angeloudis, P.E. Robins, I. Walkington, S.L. Ward, I. Masters, M.J. Lewis, M. Piano, A. Avdis, M.D. Piggott , G. Aggidis, P. Evans, T.A.A. Adocck, T.A.A., A. Zidonis, R. Ahmadian and R. Falconer (2018) Tidal range energy resource and optimization — past perspectives and future challenges, Renewable Energy 127 763-778.

D. Sarkar, M.A. Osborne and T.A.A. Adcock (2018) Prediction of tidal currents using Bayesian machine learning, Ocean Engineering, 58, 221-231.

T. Wang and T.A.A. Adcock (2018) Combined Power and Thrust Capping in the Design of Tidal Turbine Farms, in press, Renewable Energy.

2017

T.A.A. Adcock (2017) A note on the set-up under the Draupner wave, Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy 3(1), 89-94.

C. Gao and T.A.A. Adcock (2017) On the tidal resonance in the Bristol Channel, International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering 27(2) 177-183.

Z. Jackson, S. Grey, T.A.A. Adcock, P.H. Taylor and J.R. Bidlot (2017) The waves at the Mulberry Harbours, Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy 3(3) 285-292.

2016

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2016) Fast and local non-linear evolution of steep wave-groups on deep water: A comparison of approximate models to fully non-linear simulations, Physics of Fluids, 28, 016601.

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2016) Non-linear evolution of uni-directional focussed wave-groups on a deep water: A comparison of models, Applied Ocean Research, 59 147-152.

T.A.A. Adcock, P.H. Taylor and S. Draper (2016) On the shape of large wave-groups on deep water — the influence of bandwidth and spreading, 28 106601, Physics of Fluids.

H. Bredmose, S. Schløera, T.J. Larsen, A. Ghadirian, H.B. Bingham, O. Lindberg, E.D. Christensen, M.H. Vested, A. Engsig-Karup, O.S. Petersen, H.F. Hansen, M. Dixen, P.H. Taylor, T.A.A. Adcock, C. Obhrai, O.T. Gudmestad, N.J. Tarp-Johansen, C.P. Meyer, J.R. Krokstad, L. Suja-Thauvin and T.D. Hanson (2016) DeRisk—Accurate prediction of ULS wave loads. Outlook and first results, Energy Procedia, 94, 379-387.

S. Draper, T. Nishino, T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2016) Performance of an ideal turbine in an inviscid shear flow, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 796, 86- 112.

2015

T.A.A. Adcock, P.H. Taylor and S. Draper (2015) Non-linear dynamics of wave-groups in random seas: Unexpected walls of water in the open ocean, Proceedings of the Royal Society A 471(2184).

T.A.A. Adcock, S. Draper and T. Nishino (2015) Tidal power generation — a review of hydrodynamic modelling. Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 229(7) 755–771.Waves in Perth

T.A.A. Adcock & S. Draper (2015) A note on the variation in shape of linear rogue waves in the ocean, Underwater Technology, 33(2), 1-6.

T.A.A. Adcock (2015) On tidal stream turbines placed off headlands. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 7, 061706.

2014

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2014) The physics of anomalous ("rogue") ocean waves, Reports on Progress in Physics 77 105901.

T.A.A. Adcock, S. Draper, G.T. Houlsby, A.G.L. Borthwick and S.Serhadlıoğlu (2014) Tidal stream power in the Pentland Firth — long-term variability, multiple constituents and capacity factor, Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 228(8) 854–861.

S. Draper, T.A.A. Adcock, A.G.L. Borthwick and G.T. Houlsby (2014) A note on the power potential of tidal currents in channels, International Journal of Marine Energy 6 1-17.

R. Vennell and T.A.A. Adcock (2014) Energy Storage Inherent in Large Tidal Turbine Farms, Proceedings of Royal Society A 20130580.Drone

T.A.A. Adcock and S. Draper (2014) Power extraction from tidal channels — multiple tidal constituents, compound tides and overtides, Renewable Energy 63 797-806.

S. Draper, T.A.A. Adcock, A.G.L. Borthwick and G.T. Houlsby (2014) An Electrical Analogy for the Pentland Firth Tidal Stream Power Resource, Proceedings of Royal Society A 470(2161) 20130207.

S. Draper, T.A.A. Adcock, A.G.L. Borthwick and G.T. Houlsby (2014) Estimate of the Extractable Pentland Firth Tidal Stream Power Resource, Renewable Energy 63 650-657.

2013

S. Serhadlıoğlu, T.A.A. Adcock, G.T. Houlsby, S. Draper and A.G.L. Borthwick (2013) Tidal Stream Energy Resource Assessment of the Anglesey Skerries, International Journal of Marine Energy 3-4 e98-e111.

T.A.A. Adcock (2013) Unidirectional power extraction from a channel connecting a bay to the open ocean, Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 227(8) 826-832.Monterrey beach

T.A.A. Adcock, S. Draper, G.T. Houlsby, A.G.L. Borthwick and S. Serhadlıoğlu (2013) The available power from tidal stream turbines in the Pentland Firth. Proceedings of Royal Society A 469(2157) 20130072.

2012

T.A.A. Adcock, R.H.Gibbs and P.H. Taylor (2012) The non-linear evolution and approximate scaling of directionally spread wave-groups on deep water. Proceedings of Royal Society A. 468 2704-2721.

2011

T.A.A. Adcock, P.H. Taylor, S. Yan, Q.W. Ma and P.A.E.M. Janssen (2011) Did the Draupner wave occur in a crossing sea? Proceedings of Royal Society A, 467 3004-3021.

R.R. Simmons, A.H. Brampton, T.A.A. Adcock, R. Briganti, B. Carroll, F. Milne and O. Watson (2011) Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference 2010. Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers, Journal of Maritime Engineering. 164 1:3-13.

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2011) Energy Input Amplifies Nonlinear Dynamics of Deep Water Wave Groups. International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering 21 1:8-12.

2009

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2009) Estimating ocean wave directional spreading from an Eulerian surface elevation time-history. Proceedings of Royal Society A, 465:3361-3381.

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2009) Focusing of unidirectional wave-groups on deep water, an approximate NLS-equation based model. Proceedings of Royal Society A, 465:3083- 3102.


Conference papers

2018

T. Wang and T.A.A. Adcock (2018) Power and thurst capping of tidal stream turbines — A case study in the Pentland Firth. Accepted, OMAE2018, Madrid, Spain.

L. Chen, P.A.J. Bonar and T.A.A. Adcock (2018) Design of a tidal turbine array for the Bohai Strait, China. Accepted, OMAE2018, Madrid, Spain.

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2018) Ocean wave non-linearity and wind input in directional seas — energy input during wave-group focussing, Accepted, OMAE2018, Madrid, Spain.

M.L. McAllister, T.A.A. Adocck, P.H. Taylor and T.S. Van Den Bremer (2018) The set-down and set-up of directionally spread and crossing surface gravity wave groups in severe North Sea storms. OMAE2018, Madrid, Spain 77186.

P.A.J. Bonar, T.S. van den Bremer, T.A.A. Adcock, J. Orszaghova, C.J. FitzGerald, F.M. Judge, P.H. Taylor and A.G.L. Borthwick (2018) Irregular waves over non-uniform bathymetry, Young Coastal Engineers and Scientists, Hull, UK.

L.Chen, P.A.J. Bonar, C.R. Vogel and T.A.A. Adcock (2018) A basin-scale comparison of constrained BEM and actuator disc models. 6th Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop 26-27 March 2018, Oxford, UK.

2017

M.L. McAllister, T. A. A. Adcock, P.H. Taylor and T. S. van den Bremer (2017) The Set-down and Set-up of Directionally Spread and Crossing Surface Gravity Wave Groups, International Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges and Coastal Hazard, Liverpool, UK, 11 to 15 September.

Z. Jackson, S.Grey, T.A.A. Adcock, P.H. Taylor and J-R. Bidlot (2017) Hindcasting the waves at the Mulberry Harbours, International Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges and Coastal Hazard, Liverpool, UK, 11 to 15 September.

T. S. van den Bremer, M.L. McAllister, T. A. A. Adcock and P. H. Taylor (2017) The set-down and set-up of directionally spread and crossing surface gravity wave groups, IUTAM Symposium on Wind Waves, UCL, London, 5 to 8 September.

A.M. Firdus, G.T. Houlsby and T.A.A. Adcock (2017) Opportunities for Tidal Stream Energy in Indonesian Waters, 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), Cork, Republic of Ireland.

A.M. Schnabl, T.A.A. Adcock and G.T. Houlsby (2017) Training wall effects on power generation of tidal stream turbine arrays placed at headlands, 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), Cork, Republic of Ireland.

P.A.J. Bonar and T.A.A. Adcock (2017) Tidal stream power in Malaysia, Young Coastal Engineers and Scientists Conference, Bath, UK. 11-12 April.

2016

T.A.A. Adcock (2016) On non-linear changes to the shape of extreme wave-groups in deep water. Ocean wind waves: Observing, modelling & forecasting ocean wind waves, Challenger Society Meeting, Wallingford, UK, 19-20 October.

D. Sarkar, M. Osborne and T. Adcock (2016) A machine learning approach to the prediction of tidal currents. ISOPE2016, Rhodes, Greece.

C. Gao and T.A.A. Adcock (2016) Numerical investigation of resonance in the Bristol Channel. ISOPE2016, Rhodes, Greece.

C. Gao and T.A.A. Adcock (2016) The Characteristics of Storm Surges in the Bristol Channel. ISOPE2016, Rhodes, Greece.

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2016) Non-linear evolution of large waves in deep water — the influence of directional spreading and spectral bandwidth. ISOPE2016, Rhodes, Greece.

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2016) The shape of extreme wave-groups on the open ocean. Extreme events and rogue waves. Bad Honnef, Germany.Kalbarri National Park

T.A.A. Adcock, P.H. Taylor and S. Draper (2016) The shape of extreme waves on the open ocean. EGU Assembly, Vienna.

P.A.J. Bonar, V. Vengatesan, A.G.L. Borthwick and T.A.A. Adcock (2016) Numerical modelling of two-scale turbine flow dynamics. 5th Oxford Tidal Workshop.

H. Bredmose, S. Schløera, T.J. Larsen, A. Ghadirian, H.B. Bingham, O. Lindberg, E.D. Christensen, M.H. Vested, A. Engsig-Karup, O.S. Petersen, H.F. Hansen, M. Dixen, P.H. Taylor, T. Adcock, C. Obhrai, O.T. Gudmestad, N.J. Tarp-Johansen, C.P. Meyer, J.R. Krokstad, L. Suja-Thauvin and T.D. Hanson (2016) New research on extreme wave loads on offshore wind turbines. EERA DeepWind2016, 13th Deep Sea Offshore Wind R&D Conference, 20 — 22 January, Trondheim, Norway.

2015

T.A.A. Adcock and S. Draper (2015) The Second Order Contribution to Wave Crest Amplitude— Random Simulations and NewWave, ISOPE2015, Kona, Hawaii.

C. Gao, T.A.A. Adcock and S. Serhadlıoğlu (2015) The sensitivity of tidal resonance in the Bristol Channel, 4th Oxford Tidal Workshop, Oxford

T.A.A. Adcock (2015), Predictability and temporal variation of tidal stream power, 4th Oxford Tidal Workshop, Oxford

2014

S. Draper, T. Nishino and T. Adcock (2014) Turbine blockage in Non-Uniform Flow, 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 8-11 December.

Isis from Donnington Bridge with iPhoneT.A.A. Adcock and S. Draper (2014) On the tidal stream resource of two sites in the English Channel: Portland Bill and Isle of Wight, 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, San Francisco, USA.

T.A.A. Adcock and S. Draper (2014) Different metrics for estimating the tidal stream energy resource, 1st PRiMaRE conference, Plymouth, UK.

T.A.A. Adcock (2014) The available power obtainable from tidal stream turbines from a flow around an idealised headland, IAHR European Congress, Porto, Portugal.

S Draper, T. Nishino, T.A.A. Adcock and G.T. Houlsby (2014) Wind and tidal turbines in uniform flow. 3rd Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop, Oxford, UK.

2013

S. Draper, T. Stallard, P. Stansby, S. Way and T. Adcock (2013) Laboratory scale experiments and preliminary modelling to investigate basin scale tidal stream energy extraction. 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), Aalborg, Denmark.

S. Serhadlıoğlu, T.A.A. Adcock, G.T. Houlsby, S. Draper and A.G.L.Borthwick (2013) Tidal Stream Energy Assessment of the Anglesey Skerries. 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), Aalborg, Denmark.

S. Serhadlıoğlu, T.A.A. Adcock, G.T. Houlsby and A.G.L. Borthwick (2013) Tidal Stream Energy Assessment of the Anglesey Skerries. 2nd Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop, Oxford, UK.

S. Serhadlıoğlu, G.T. Houlsby, T.A.A. Adcock, S. Draper, A.G.L. Borthwick and E.J. Kubatko (2013) Assessment of tidal stream energy resources in the UK using a discontinuous Galerkin finite element scheme. 17th International Conference on Finite Elements in Flow Problems (FEF 2013), San Diego.

2012

T.A.A. Adcock, S. Draper, G.T. Houlsby and A.G.L. Borthwick (2012) The tidal stream resource of the Pentland Firth. International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), Dublin.
T.A.A. Adcock (2012) On the Garrett & Cummins limit. 1st Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop, Oxford, UK.

2011

T.A.A. Adcock, A.G.L. Borthwick and G.T. Houlsby (2011) The open boundary problem in the modeling of tidal basins with energy extraction. 9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), Southampton.

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2011) On the non-linear evolution of directionally spread wave-groups. 26th International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies, Athens, Greece.

T.A.A. Adcock (2011) Tidal power from Ramsey Harbour, Isle of Man. 7th Young coastal engineers and scientists conference, Liverpool.

2010

T.A.A. Adcock and S. Yan (2010) Focusing of uni-directional Gaussian wave-groups in finite depth. 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE), Shanghai.

S. Yan, Q.W. Ma and T.A.A. Adcock (2010) Investigations of Freak Waves on Uniform Current. 25th International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies, Harbin, China.

T.A.A. Adcock (2010) Freak waves in finite water depth. 6th Young coastal engineers and scientists conference, London.

2009

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2009) Second order difference waves and the Draupner New Year Wave. 11th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting, Halifax, Canada.

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2009) The Mulberry Harbours – A review of an early example of offshore engineering. 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE), Honolulu, Hawaii.

2008

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2008) Spatial wave structure created by wind input. International Offshore and Polar Engineering (ISOPE), Vancouver, Canada.

T.A.A. Adcock and P.H. Taylor (2008) Estimating wave spreading from a single point time history. 4th Young coastal engineers and scientists conference, Oxford.

2006

P.H. Taylor, T.A.A. Adcock, A.G.L. Borthwick, D.A.G. Walker and Y. Yao (2006) The Nature of the Draupner giant wave of 1st January 1995 and the associated sea-state, and how to estimate directional spreading from and Eulerian surface elevation time history. 9th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting, Victoria, Canada.

Theses

Aspects of wave dynamics and statistics on the open ocean. D.Phil. Thesis. University of Oxford (2009).

The Mulberry Harbour Breakwaters. 4th year project. University of Oxford (2005)