Dr Gregory Payne

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

I am a research engineer with more than 15 years’ marine renewable experience gained within academic and commercial sectors. I did my PhD at the Univeristy of Edinburgh under the supervision of Stephen Salter on the numerical modelling and experimental tank testing of the Sloped IPS buoy wave energy converter (WEC).

I then worked for two years for the company Artemis Intelligent Power on the design and testing of a novel high efficiency hydraulic motor for the power take-off of marine energy converters in collaboration with Pelamis.

After that I worked for the University of Edinburgh as a research fellow within the SuperGen Marine consortium for five years. During that period, I was involved in several projects including: the development and testing of a novel laser based optical wave gauge, the development of a set of guidance for the experimental tank testing of WECs and the development of a real-time computer based control system for WEC models.

I then went on to work for 8 months for the company Aquamarine Power as a wave resource analyst and also on the development of an underwater high speed camera to deliver flow visualisation around WEC models.

After that I worked as a research fellow for the University of Edinburgh on tidal energy projects. In that context, I carried out the mechanical design of a complete solution for the deployment of oceanographic instruments (ADCPs) in very high velocity currents and configured these ADCPs for non-standard deployments. I was responsible for the design, manufacturing, instrumentation and testing of a horizontal axis tidal turbine model to investigate extreme loads on tidal rotors.

I am now working as a Chancellor Fellow at the University of Strathclyde on marine renewable energy.

Over the years I have also carried out consultancy work for the UK Carbon Trust, Wave Energy Scotland and for the companies Aquamarine Power, Marine Current Turbines and Albatern Wave Energy.


Environmental & load data : 1:15 scale tidal turbine subject to a variety of regular wave conditions
Draycott S, Payne GS, Steynor J, Nambiar A, Sellar B, Davey T, Noble DR, Venugopal V
Data in Brief Vol 23 (2019)
An experimental investigation into non-linear wave loading on horizontal axis tidal turbines
Draycott S, Payne G, Steynor J, Nambiar A, Sellar B, Venugopal V
Journal of Fluids and Structures Vol 84, pp. 199-217 (2019)
Variation of loads on a three-bladed horizontal axis tidal turbine with frequency and blade position
Payne Grégory S, Stallard Tim, Martinez Mejia Rodrigo Andres, Bruce Tom
Journal of Fluids and Structures Vol 83, pp. 156-170 (2018)
The effects of oblique waves and currents on the loadings and performance of tidal turbines
Martinez Mejia Rodrigo Andres, Payne Grégory S, Bruce Tom
Ocean Engineering Vol 164, pp. 55-64 (2018)
Investigation into wave basin calibration based on a focused wave approach
Reich Andrew, Payne Grégory S, Pascal Remy, Spinneken Johannes
Ocean Engineering Vol 152, pp. 181-190 (2018)
Experimental evaluation of the wake characteristics of cross flow turbine arrays
Ordonez-Sanchez Stephanie, Sutherland Duncan , Payne Gregory, Bruce Tom , Gebreslassie Mulualem , Belmont Michael R , Moon Ian
Ocean Engineering Vol 141, pp. 215–226 (2017)

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A biomimetic inspired for energy saving device for marine propeller
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Dai, Saishuai (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Payne, Gregory (Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2019 - 26-Jan-2020
Flow Characterisation for Tidal Turbine Performance Normalisation
Payne, Gregory (Principal Investigator)
As the first arrays of full scale tidal turbine are being deployed by developers, cost reduction in the sector through technological improvements is still required for the sector to be financially competitive in the long run. Experimental testing of scaled turbine models is a key design tool to support those technological improvements.
The overarching goal of this project was to maximise the number of beneficiaries from the access to the facility. Four academic institutions were therefore associated to the project, each bringing their expertise but also their specific requirements for experimental data. The turbine model used for these tests was the latest three-bladed horizontal axis turbine model developed by IFREMER. The objectives of the project were the followings:
• Investigate alternative onset flow characterisation
• Impact of rotor control on loads and near wake
• Validation of numerical model to predict turbine loads based on onset flow measurements
• Focused wave loading
21-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2019

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