To meet the needs of sustainable development, PhD student Yu Zhou, who is studied from Prof. Ning Dezhi at the Dalian University of Technology (DUT), participated the China-UK PhD placement programme. As an international student, Yu studied in the Renewable Energy Group of the University of Exeter`s Cornwall Campus for five months from August to December. Prof. Lars Johanning, who leads the Renewable Energy Group, guided Yu`s research on the hydrodynamics of an OWC wave energy converter integrated onto a monopile structure. Based on the experimental data, Yu applied a High Order Boundary Element Method (HOBEM) to simulate the wave interaction with the integrating system. A journal paper has been finished and subjected to a top journal “Coastal Engineering”. Another study on the performance of a dual-chamber oscillating water column wave energy converter was completed, and it has been accepted by another top journal “Applied Energy” with the DIO: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.114252. The China-UK PhD placement programme is a wonderful opportunity for both the technical exchange and the individual development.
“Yu Zhou, Dezhi Ning, Wei Shi, Lars Johanning, Dongfang Liang, Hydrodynamics of an OWC wave energy converter integrated onto a monopile structure” (under review)
“De-zhi Ning, Yu Zhou, Robert Mayon, Lars Johanning, Experimental investigation on the hydrodynamic performance of a cylindrical dual-chamber Oscillating Water Column device, Applied Energy 2020, 260:114252”