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 60 journal articles on these areas. I is currently acting as the Scientific Managing Editor for Ocean Engineering, Applied Ocean Research, Coastal Engineering, and Marine Structures, 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 £1M 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



Study on wave slamming characteristics of a typical floating wind turbine under freak waves
Huo Fali, Zhao Yupeng, Zhang Jingxi, Zhang Ming, Yuan Zhi-Ming
Ocean Engineering Vol 269 (2023)
Hydrodynamic modelling of large arrays of modularized floating structures with independent oscillations
Zhang Deqing, Yuan Zhi-Ming, Du Junfeng, Li Huajun
Applied Ocean Research Vol 129 (2022)
Time-optimal obstacle avoidance of autonomous ship based on nonlinear model predictive control
Zhang Ming, Hao Shuai, Wu Defeng, Chen Ming-Lu, Yuan Zhi-Ming
Ocean Engineering Vol 266 (2022)
Experimental and numerical analysis of a hybrid WEC-breakwater system combining an oscillating water column and an oscillating buoy
Cheng Yong, Fu Lei, Dai Saishuai, Collu Maurizio, Cui Lin, Yuan Zhiming, Incecik Atilla
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol 169 (2022)
Experimental and numerical investigation of WEC-type floating breakwaters : a single-pontoon oscillating buoy and a dual-pontoon oscillating water column
Cheng Yong, Fu Lei, Dai Saishuai, Collu Maurizio, Ji Chunyan, Yuan Zhiming, Incecik Atilla
Coastal Engineering Vol 177 (2022)
Experimental study on hydrodynamic characteristics of a new type floating breakwater with opening pass and wing structure
Ji Chunyan, Bian Xiangqian, Lian Zixiang, Yuan Zhiming
Ocean Engineering Vol 259 (2022)

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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. Hydrodynamics of ship and offshore structures;
  5. Multibody hydrodynamic interaction and wave interference;
  6. Ship-bottom, Ship-bank, Ship-lock, Ship-ship interactions;
  7. Very large floating structures;
  8. Real-time control of wave energy converters;
  9. Free surface waves and the bio-mimetic study on animal swim.

Professional activities

Keynote presentation "Lessens learnt from ducklings"
PhD examiner
External examiner at Uni. Malta
Invited talk on The SIR Frontiers Series
Frontiers in Energy Research (Journal)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


Project ZERO - Zero Emission Research and Offshore Service Vessel
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator) Tao, Longbin (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Jia, Laibing (Co-investigator) Tao, Longbin (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
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
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
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
Blue cradle: an integrated reef and breakwater system that protects the coastline and restore the marine ecology (International Exchanges 2020 Cost Share NSFC)
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Dai, David (Co-investigator) Jia, Laibing (Co-investigator) Li, Liang (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
30-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2023

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Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering
Henry Dyer

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