Dr Weichao Shi

Senior Lecturer

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

Senior Lecturer, in the field of marine renewable energy, underwater vehicle and marine propulsion system with specialties in experimental and numerical marine hydrodynamics. Weichao is currently leading a research team developing applied biomimetics marine hydrodynamics technology with the ambition of providing the marine industry with effective and feasible solutions inspired by the mother nature. Weichao started his higher education at the Harbin Institute of Technology in the year 2007, studying Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering. He continued his Master degree study in Mechtronics and got inspired to devote himself in tidal energy research. During his Master study, he was involved in several national R&D projects developing marine renewable energy. In 2013, he moved to Newcastle University and continued his PhD research in the Emersion Cavitation Tunnel, working on biomimetic concepts to improve tidal turbine performance. To date, Weichao has been working on 20+ research and knowledge exchange projects with funding from various funding societies, including EU-H2020, Innovate UK, Department for Transport, the Royal Society, and various industrial companies, like BAE Systems, James Fisher and Defence, etc. Meanwhile, Weichao and his team have generated around 60 journal and conference papers and 5 granted patents with 3 new applications. Weichao serves as guest editor for Journal of Ocean Engineering and Journal of Marine Science and Engineering; and as editorial board member for Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Journal of Sustainable Marine Structures. He also contributes organising in many international research conferences. For Weichao's research, please check the research website, https://www.abmhydro.com/.


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


Marine ducted thruster underwater radiated noise control through leading-edge tubercle blade modifications - a numerical hybrid approach
Stark Callum, Shi Weichao, Xu Yunxin, Troll Moritz
41st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2022 (2022)
Experimental investigation on the effect of leading edge tubercles on the performance of marine propellers in fully wet condition
Falchi Massimo, Ortolani Fabrizio, Shi Weichao, Stark Callum, Aloisio Giovanni, Grizzi Silvano, Dubbioso Giulio
Ocean Engineering Vol 255 (2022)
Study on applicability of energy-saving devices to hydrogen fuel cell-powered ships
Stark Callum, Xu Yunxin, Zhang Ming, Yuan Zhiming, Tao Longbin, Shi Weichao
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering Vol 10 (2022)
Cavitation funnel effect : bio-inspired leading-edge tubercle application on ducted marine propeller blades
Stark Callum, Shi Weichao, Troll Moritz
Applied Ocean Research Vol 116 (2021)
A numerical investigation into the influence of bio-inspired leading-edge tubercles on the hydrodynamic performance of a benchmark ducted propeller
Stark Callum, Shi Weichao, Atlar Mehmet
Ocean Engineering Vol 237 (2021)
CFD analysis of the effect of heterogeneous hull roughness on ship resistance
Ravenna Roberto, Song Soonseok, Shi Weichao, Sant Tonio, De Marco Muscat-Fenech Claire, Demirel Yigit Kemal
Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Ship and Marine Technology 2nd International Conference on Ship and Marine Technology, pp. 509-522 (2021)

More publications



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

Subsea autonomous systems: next generation technologies
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (Journal)
Guest editor
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

More professional activities


Hydrodynamics of an integrated WEC-breakwater system under extreme wave conditions
Yuan, Zhiming (Principal Investigator) Dai, David (Co-investigator) Incecik, Atilla (Co-investigator) Shi, Weichao (Co-investigator)
31-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2024
High Speed Stereo PIV
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator)
Stereo-PIV is based on the principle of stereoscopic imaging: two cameras are arranged to image the illuminated flow particles from different perspectives and Scheimpflug lens arrangements keep both image planes in focus. The combination of both camera projections allows the reconstruction of the true 2D3C-particle displacement inside the measurement area.
15-Jan-2021 - 14-Jan-2022
MarRI-UK (SMLO call): Land, Sea and Port Integration of a Smart Hydrogen Highway (Funded by MarRI-UK, DfT UK: £1,320,706.48; UOS: £271,687.92)
Tao, Longbin (Principal Investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator) Shi, Weichao (Co-investigator)
MarRI-UK Smart Maritime Land Operations (SMLO) call (DfT UK)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2023
Transition to hydrogen powered ocean-going and short-sea shipping with enabling retrofit technologies (TransShip)
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator) Tao, Longbin (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Biomimetic improvement for the hydrodynamic performance of the enduring underwater glider
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator)
30-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2023

More projects


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering
Henry Dyer Building

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