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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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

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


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
KTP - TechnipFMC - Floating Wind Analysis: development of reliable and cost-efficient mooring solutions
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024

More projects

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Dr Zhiming Yuan
Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

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