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Advances in the Fluid Dynamics Analysis and Design of Offshore Renewable Energy Systems

Submission Deadline: 01 August 2024 Submit to Special Issue

Guest Editors

Dr. Enhao Wang, Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University, China
Dr. Enhao Wang is an Assistant Professor of Ocean Engineering at Tsinghua University. Prior to his current appointment, he was a Lecturer of Ocean Engineering at Tianjin University. Dr Wang received his PhD from the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Over the past 10 years, Dr Wang has been engaged in the research of flow-induced vibrations of marine risers and subsea pipelines, development and utilisation of marine renewable energy and hydrodynamic analysis of offshore structures. He has worked on a number of projects funded by national and international research foundations (National Natural Science Foundation of China, Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation, State Key Laboratory of Ocean Engineering, China Postdoctoral Research Foundation, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland etc.) as well as by different industry partners. To date, Dr Wang has published around 30 papers in prestigious journals and conferences and 2 chapters in Encyclopedia of Ocean Engineering. He is an editorial board member of Ocean Engineering and Modern Subsea Engineering and Technology. He has also served as Guest Editors for Special Issues of Sustainability and Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Jianxin Hu, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China
Dr. Jianxin Hu finished her PhD study in the University of Strathclyde, UK in 2014. She was a Postdoc Researcher in the University of Oxford, UK in 2014-2016. She is now a Lecturer and a member of the National and Local Joint Laboratory of Fluid Transmission System Technology. Her academic research interests are the diffusion of marine sediments, the internal flow characteristics of fluid mechanical equipment and underwater bionic self-propulsion. She has published more than 20 papers and authorised 7 patents. She finished 1 National Natural Science Foundation/Youth Fund project, 1 Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation/Youth Fund project and 1 general scientific research project of Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education and participated in 2 National Key Research and Development projects.

Dr. Yang Luo, Associate Professor, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
Dr. Yang Luo received his PhD degree from the University of Strathclyde in the UK in 2021 and currently is an Associate Professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University of China. His research interests include hydrodynamics of underwater vehicles, underwater bio-inspired propulsion, fluid-structure interaction dynamics, etc. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed academic papers, with two journal Most Downloaded (Read) articles, one journal Featured article and Editor’s Pick article. He has undertaken research projects including the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Sub-project of China’s National Key Research and Development Program, two Nationally Funded Key Projects, Science Foundation of Chongqing City, and other scientific research projects. He serves as a senior member of China Shipbuilding Engineering Academy and member of International Society of Bionic Engineering.


The exploitation and utilisation of offshore renewable energy (wave, tidal, offshore wind and solar energy) contribute to accelerating the low-carbon transition and achieving carbon neutrality in the future. This explains why this specific field has become a research hotspot in recent decades and attracted significant attention from research groups with different interests and perspectives. As one of the most critical and complex issues in offshore renewable energy systems, the analysis of fluid dynamic aspects is still facing major challenges. There is a lot of fundamental research work to be carried out in this area, including the development of more advanced experimental techniques, high-fidelity simulation of multi-physics systems under extreme environmental conditions, the application of artificial intelligence technology etc. Further in-depth research on fluid dynamic aspects can help improve the design and construction of offshore renewable energy devices to ensure their durability, reliability and sustainability. Understanding the fluid dynamic mechanisms will also promote the application of innovative materials in this specific field, such as new metallic alloys, composite materials and special concrete materials.


This special issue aims to provide an opportunity for the academic and industrial communities to share their cutting-edge original research advances and technical innovation in the analysis of fluid-dynamic aspects related to offshore renewable energy systems. Topics of primary interest include, but are not limited to:

• Hydrodynamics of offshore renewable energy devices;

• Aerodynamics of floating offshore wind turbines;

• Fluid-structure interactions;  

• Innovative multi-energy platform concepts;

• Concurrent and emerging fluid dynamics (potential flow, CFD, SPH, etc.);

• Model testing of offshore wind turbines, WECs and floating PV;

• Utilisation of AI-technology and digital-twin models;

• Theoretical/analytical methods in hydrodynamics.

In all cases, the submitted paper is expected to provide indications or recommendations for the selection of relevant materials and/or component shape definition.


Floating offshore wind turbines; tidal and current energy; wave energy converters; floating PV; marine hydrodynamics; experimental testing; fluid-structure interaction; empirical modelling; analytical modelling, artificial intelligence; digital twin

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