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Professor Peilin Zhou

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

I joined the University on 1 April 2001 when I introduced the discipline of marine engineering and developed both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in marine engineering. I am currently Professor of Marine Engineering in the Department. Over the years I also developed several articulation courses with partner Universities in China and Vietnam.

Currently, I am the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the Department, responsible for PGT admissions and course development.

I have organised a number of international conferences in the UK and Asia. I am Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Charted engineer, member of a number of international professional bodies. Currently, I am the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes.            


Multi-criteria decision-making for marine propulsion : hybrid, diesel electric and diesel mechanical systems from cost-environment-risk perspectives
Jeong Byongug, Oguz Elif, Wang Haibin, Zhou Peilin
Applied Energy Vol 230, pp. 1065-1081, (2018)
Systematic evaluation approach for carbon reduction method assessment – a life cycle assessment case study on carbon solidification method
Wang Haibin, Zhou Peilin
Ocean Engineering, (2018)
An effective framework for life cycle and cost assessment for marine vessels aiming to select optimal propulsion systems
Jeong Byongug, Wang Haibin, Oguz Elif, Zhou Peilin
Journal of Cleaner Production Vol 187, pp. 111-130, (2018)
Evaluation on the energy efficiency and emissions reduction of a short-route hybrid ferry
Yu Wanneng, Zhou Peilin, Wang Haibin
Ocean Engineering, (2018)
Life cycle cost and environmental impact analysis of ship hull maintenance strategies for a short route hybrid ferry
Wang Haibin, Oguz Elif, Jeong Byongug, Zhou Peilin
Ocean Engineering, (2018)
Impacts of CaO solid particles in carbon dioxide absorption process from ship emission with NaOH solution
Wang Zhongcheng, Liu Xiaoyu, Zhou Peilin, Xu Leping
Journal of Shanghai Jiaotong University (Science) Vol 23, pp. 320-326, (2018)

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Currently, I contribute to teaching to NM102 introduction to Marine Engineering, NM213 Fundamental of Marine Engineering, NM324 Principles and Application of Marine Machinery, NM421 Ship Power Marine Power and Electrical Systems, NM952 Advanced Marine Engineering, NM980 Onboard Energy Management and Marine Environment Protection

Research interests

My research areas cover many aspects in marine engineering, including marine propulsion system design and efficiency improvement, engine combustion and simulation, combined cycle, marine engines’ NOx, SOx and CO2 emission control, ship ballast water treatment, fuel cells marine application, biodiesel application, life cycle analysis on water-borne transport and shipyard green technology. I have published over 110 research papers including 36 internal referred journal papers.

Professional activities

International Symposium on Marine Engineering (ISME 2011)
9th International Symposium on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transport
1st Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (External organisation)
International Maritime Organisation (External organisation)
Journal of Marine Science and Application (Journal)
Editorial board member

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Development of multi-criteria decision making approach with LCA
Zhou, Peilin (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 28-Feb-2023
Ship Lifecycle Software Solutions (SHIPLYS) H2020 SC3
Zhou, Peilin (Principal Investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator) Wang, Haibin (Fellow) Jeong, Byongug (Researcher)
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 31-Aug-2019
Ship Lifecycle Software Solutions (SHIPLYS) H2020 SC3
Zhou, Peilin (Principal Investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 31-Aug-2019
Low Carbon Shipping - A systems approach | Azqueta Gavaldon, Gonzalo
Zhou, Peilin (Co-investigator) Azqueta Gavaldon, Gonzalo (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2010 - 01-Jul-2013
An investigation into the characteristics of.high-pressure common rail injection ssystem
Zhou, Peilin (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2013 - 31-Oct-2016
Low Carbon Shipping - A systems approach
Turan, Osman (Principal Investigator) Day, Alexander (Co-investigator) Incecik, Atilla (Co-investigator) Zhou, Peilin (Co-investigator)
It is estimated that shipping accounts for 3.3% of CO2 emissions in the world. With the need to reduce overall CO2 emissions by 60% by 2050 to mitigate global warming then shipping must cut its emissions. The importance of shipping to the UK economy should not be underestimated. Over 90% of the UK's imports and exports are transported by ships and UK shipping plays a vital role in transportation links to our neighbouring countries and also within the UK to its many islands. Shipping provides the means of exploiting offshore natural resources including fishing, offshore mining, and oil and gas reserves e.g. North Sea shuttle tankers, and more recently cruise ships and liners have offered holidays afloat. Today, shipping contributes some 10 billion annually to the UK's GDP thereby contributing some 3 billion to the UK Exchequer. In terms of employment, the UK shipping industry is responsible for employing over 200,000 people either directly in shipping or indirectly in service industries. Whilst few ships are actually built in the UK today, the UK remains one of the world's leading providers of marine services including insurance and finance, is home to many shipping companies, has many marine equipment manufacturers and is the centre for international shipping organisations such as IMO and the Baltic Exchange. There are currently about 750 ships over 1,000 Tonnes registered with UK classification societies, and the number of UK registered ships continues to increase despite the recent down turn in the economy in both the domestic and international markets. We currently lack a holistic understanding of the shipping industry. Its drawn out contractual, technological and financial evolution has obscured access to both top-down and bottom-up system level understanding of its sensitivities and left many commercial habits engrained and unchanged for literally hundreds of years. The inescapable truths identified above can galvanise a reaction from all members of the shipping community, and we aim to capitalise on this. To understand the shipping system, the relationship between its principal components, transport logistics and ship designs, must be elucidated. Only then, can future logistical and ship concepts be optimised to achieve maximum reduction of carbon emissions. Through this understanding and optimisation, projections can then be made for future trends in the demand for shipping, the impacts of technical and policy solutions and their associated implementation barriers, and the most just measurement and apportionment mechanisms. These unique challenges can only be addressed with strong stakeholder involvement (we have significant commitments to our consortium from regulators: WWF, Lloyds Register, technologists: British Maritime Technologies, QinetiQ and Rolls Royce and operators: Shell, Fisher, David MacBrayne and the UK MoD, as well as wider support from a number of other companies across all constituents of the shipping industry). In addition, we have formed a multidisciplinary team (geographers, economists, naval architects, marine engineers, human factor experts and energy modelers) to ensure that specialist skills and experience can be shared whenever it is required. Using these assets we will undertake an aggregated, holistic, systems analysis of the shipping industry to elucidate and clarify the many complex interfaces in the shipping industry (port operations, owner/operator relationships, contractual agreements and the links to other transport modes). The analysis will extend to 2050, and involve the generation of future concept designs both for ships and infrastructure regimes. The model will project trends for global trade flows, but it will have particular focus on the UK's international and domestic passenger and freight transport.
Period 01-Apr-2010 - 31-Jul-2013

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