Dr Weichao Shi

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

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 a bold and ambitious academic, currently leading a research team in developing applied bionic marine hydrodynamics with a dedication in providing maritime industry with effective and feasible solutions inspired by biomimetic ideas but realized by marine hydrodynamics. 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. 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 (£164k) to explore the application of marine control surfaces and marine ducted propulsors on future submersibles. To date, Weichao has been awarded with 6 research and knowledge exchange projects as Principle Investigator, 8 as Co-Investigator, and 7 as Researcher. The funding is from various funding societies including EU-H2020, the Royal Society; and various industrial companies including BAE Systems, James Fisher and Defence, etc. Meanwhile, Weichao and his team have generated 50 journal and conference papers and 5 granted patents with 2 new inventions currently under review. Weichao serves as guest editor for Journal of Ocean Engineering and as editorial board member for Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Journal of Sustainable Marine Structures.


Has expertise in:

    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


Cavitation observations, underwater radiated noise measurements and full-scale predictions of the hydro-spinna turbine
Rosli R, Shi W, Aktas B, Norman R, Atlar M
Ocean Engineering Vol 210 (2020)
Prediction of the fouling penalty on the tidal turbine performance and development of its mitigation measures
Song Soonseok, Demirel Yigit Kemal, Atlar Mehmet, Shi Weichao
Applied Energy Vol 276 (2020)
An experimental investigation of the impact of retrofitting an underwater stern foil on the resistance and motion
Hou Hongbo, Krajewski Mateusz, Ilter Y Kaan, Day Sandy, Atlar Mehmet, Shi Weichao
Ocean Engineering Vol 205 (2020)
Performance evaluation of a tidal current turbine with bidirectional symmetrical foils
Guo Bin, Wang Dazheng, Zhou Xu, Shi Weichao, Jing Fengmei
Water Vol 12 (2019)
Performance evaluation of a submerged tidal energy device with a single mooring line
Guo Bin, Wang Dazheng, Zhou Junwei, Shi Weichao, Zhou Xu
Ocean Engineering (2019)
Hydrodynamics around a deep-draft-semi-submersible with biomimetic tubercle corner design
Liang Yibo, Shi Weichao, Tao Longbin
ASME 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering (2019)

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NM837 Underwater Vehicle 

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

Professional activities

9th International Conference on Computational Methods in Marine Engineering
Member of programme committee
Mathematical Problems in Engineering (Journal)
Editorial board member
The 3rd International Conference on Renewable Energy and Environment
Member of programme committee
Development of marine renewable energy and shipping energy efficiency
6th International Conference on Advanced Model Measurement Technology for The Maritime Industry
Ocean Engineering (Journal)
Guest editor

More professional activities


Development of a novel wave energy converter based on hydrodynamic lift forces (LiftWEC)
Shi, Weichao (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
Dynamic Stability of JFD DSAR rescue submarine
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator)
30-Jan-2019 - 29-Jan-2020
ELEMENT (Effective Lifetime Extension in the Marine Environment for Tidal Energy)
Shi, Weichao (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
A biomimetic inspired for energy saving device for marine propeller
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Dai, David (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Payne, Gregory (Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2019 - 26-Jan-2020
Savas Sezen PhD Project
Atlar, Mehmet (Principal Investigator) Shi, Weichao (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022

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