Dr Zhiming Yuan


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering


Personal statement

I have been a Lecturer (2014-2019), then a Senior Lecturer (2019-2022), and then a Reader (2022- ) in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde at Glasgow. I received my PhD degree at Strathclyde in 2014 on Ocean Engineering. My research activity mainly focused on the Marine Hydrodynamics and Offshore Renewable Energy, and I have published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on these areas. I is currently acting as the Deputy Editor of Ocean Engineering, and editorial board member for couple of international journals. I am an ITTC committee member and sectary of ITTC Maneuvering Committee. I has been the PI/CoI for more than 10 research projects, securing more than £3M grants from various funding sources, and I was invited by Prof. Ronald Yeung to carry out joint research at UC Berkeley under Sir David Anderson Bequest Award. I am currently leading the Hydrodynamics and Ocean Renewable Energy Laboratory (HOREL) at Strathclyde, acting as the first supervisor of 9 PhD students. My research work on wave interference has been selected as Focus on Fluids article of Journal of Fluid Mechanics and highlighted by Nature (Nature. 565(7741):538), and these works have also been widely reported by TheTimes, DailyMail, Today Headline, ScienceNews, etc. In 2022, I shared the Ig Nobel prize in the field of Physics for “trying to understand how ducklings manage to swim in formation”. 

For more information about our research group, please visit our webpage Hydrodynamics & Ocean Renewable Energy Laboratory @ Strathclyde


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Potential environmental impacts of floating solar photovoltaic systems
Benjamins Steven, Williamson Benjamin, Billing Suzannah Lynn, Yuan Zhiming, Collu Maurizio, Fox Clive, Hobbs Laura, Masden Elizabeth A, Cottier-Cook Elizabeth J, Wilson Ben
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol 199 (2024)
Optimal declutching control of hinged multiple floating bodies
Yu Shuang-Rui, Zhang Ming, Zhang De-Qing, Yuan Zhi-Ming
Ocean Engineering Vol 306 (2024)
LSTM RNN-based excitation force prediction for the real-time control of wave energy converters
Zhang Ming, Yuan Zhi-Ming, Dai Sai-Shuai, Chen Ming-Lu, Incecik Atilla
Ocean Engineering Vol 306 (2024)
A statistical method to quantify the tide-surge interaction effects with application in probabilistic prediction of extreme storm tides along the northern coasts of the South China Sea
Zhuge Wenxiao, Wu Guoxiang, Liang Bingchen, Yuan Zhiming, Zheng Peng, Wang Jinghua, Shi Luming
Ocean Engineering Vol 298 (2024)
Wave energy conversion by an array of oscillating water columns deployed along a long-flexible floating breakwater
Cheng Yong, Du Weiming, Dai Saishuai, Yuan Zhiming, Incecik Atilla
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol 192 (2024)
Rapid validation of water wave metamaterials in a desktop-scale wave measurement system
Huang Yi, Dai Saishuai, Yuan Zhi-Ming, Jia Laibing
International Journal of Fluid Engineering Vol 1 (2024)

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Research Interests

The recent research directions carried out by my group include:

  1. Offshore renewable energy system, including offshore wind, solar and wave energy;
  2. Controllability and autonomous ships;
  3. Offshore hydrogen;
  4. Floating Offshore PV;
  5. Hydrodynamics of ship and offshore structures;
  6. Multibody hydrodynamic interaction and wave interference;
  7. Ship-bottom, Ship-bank, Ship-lock, Ship-ship interactions;
  8. Very large floating structures;
  9. Real-time control of wave energy converters;
  10. Free surface waves and the bio-mimetic study on animal swim.

Professional Activities

The 2nd International Conference on Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
Ocean Engineering (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Keynote presentation "Lessens learnt from ducklings"
PhD examiner
Invited talk on The SIR Frontiers Series

More professional activities


CPD course on seakeeping and manoeuvring
Yuan, Zhiming (Principal Investigator) Dai, David (Co-investigator) Terziev, Momchil (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 01-Jan-2026
Subsea and Pipeline Engineering & Management (RAE Visiting Professor- Ibrahim Hussein Fahmy Mohamed Abdelaty)
Yuan, Zhiming (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2026
Tank Testing of Hydrogen Offshore Transfer System
Yuan, Zhiming (Principal Investigator) Shi, Weichao (Co-investigator) Tao, Longbin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2024
Hydrodynamic testing of a jacket platform under wave and current loading
Dai, David (Principal Investigator) Black, Steven (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator) Zhao, Guangwei (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2023 - 09-Jan-2023
A low-cost wind load modelling technique for offshore floating wind tank testing (International Exchanges 2022)
Dai, David (Principal Investigator) Jia, Laibing (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
31-Jan-2023 - 28-Jan-2025
Project ZERO - Zero Emission Research and Offshore Service Vessel
Tao, Longbin (Principal Investigator) Shi, Weichao (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023

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Dr Zhiming Yuan
Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Email: zhiming.yuan@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3308