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Scott Draper

Dr Scott Draper

Senior Lecturer
Academic Staff (Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering)

Contact details
Academic Staff (Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering)
The University of Western Australia (M051)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7400
BE BCom W.Aust., DPhil Oxf.
My research focuses on offshore fluid mechanics, applied to both the oil and gas and marine renewable energy industries. This covers a range of problems spanning through the water column, including: the stability and scour of subsea infrastructure at the seabed; the optimum arrangement of marine renewable energy devices; and, most recently, wave kinematics and hydrodynamics of floating bodies. I like to use a range of field data, laboratory testing and numerical modelling in my research.

I am fortunate to work on research projects supported by the Australian Research Council in combination with industry partners Woodside, Shell, Bureau Veritas, Lloyds Register Group and Carnegie Wave Energy. I have also undertaken industry research projects with Subcon, Fugro AG, Technip, Arup and Bombora Wave Energy. My research work has been presented in > 100 publications (Journals + Conferences + Reports).
Key research
Offshore fluid mechanics
Subsea pipeline/structure scour and stability
Hydrodynamics of floating bodies
Marine Energy Resource Assessment (Wave and Tidal)
(* PhD Students)

J33. Chandler, J., White, D.J., Techera, E.J., Gourvenec, S. and Draper, S. (2017), Engineering and legal considerations for decommissioning of offshore oil and gas infrastructure in Australia , Ocean Engineering,

J32. Tong, F., Cheng, L., Xiong, C., Draper, S., An, H. and Lou, X. (2017), Flow regimes for a square cross-section cylinder in oscillatory flow , Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 813, pp.85-109.

J31. Jiang, H., Cheng, L., Draper, S. and An, H. (2017), Two-and three-dimensional instabilities in the wake of a circular cylinder near a moving wall, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 812, pp.435-462.

J30. Adcock, T.A.A, Taylor, P.H. and Draper, S. (2016), On the shape of large wave-groups on deep water - the influence of bandwidth and spreading, Physics of Fluids, 28, 106601, doi: 10.1063/1.4963777

J29. *Jiang, H., Cheng, L., Draper, S., An, H. and Tong, F., 2016. Three-dimensional direct numerical simulation of wake transitions of a circular cylinder, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 801, pp.353-391.

J28. Draper, S., Nishino, T., Adcock, T.A.A. and Taylor, P. H. (2016) Performance of an ideal turbine in an inviscid shear flow, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 796, 86-112.

J27. Zhang, Q., Cheng, L., Zhao, M., Draper, S. and An, H. (2016), Experimental study of local scour beneath two tandem pipelines in steady current, Coastal Engineering Journal. DOI: S0578563417500024.

J26. An, H., Yao, W., Cheng, L., Draper, S., Zhao, M., Tang, G., Zhang, Y. and Hortin, P. (2016). Detecting Local Scour Using Contact Image Sensors , Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, p.04016100.

J25. Cheng, L., An, H., Draper, S. and White, D., 2016. Effect of wave boundary layer on hydrodynamic forces on small diameter pipelines, Ocean Engineering, 125, pp.26-30.

J24. * Leckie, S.F., Mohr, H., Draper, S., McLean, D.L., White, D.J. and Cheng, L. (2016). Sedimentation-induced burial of subsea pipelines: observations from field data and laboratory experiments, Coastal Engineering, 114, 137-158.

J23. * Zhang, Q., Draper, S., Cheng, L. and An, H. (2016) Time scale of scour beneath a submarine pipeline in currents, waves and combined currents and waves, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001247, 04016093.

J22. * Jiang, H., Cheng, L., Tong, F. Draper, S., and An, H., (2016). Stable state of Mode A for flow past a circular cylinder, Physics of Fluids, 28, 2014103, doi: 10.1063/1.4964379

J21. *Mohr, H., Draper, S., White, D.J. & Cheng, L. (2016). Predicting the rate of scour beneath subsea pipelines in marine sediments under steady flow conditions, Coastal Engineering, 110, 111-126.

J20. Nishino, T., & Draper, S. (2015). Local blockage effect for wind turbines, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 625, No. 1, p. 012010.

J19. Adcock, T.A.A., Taylor, P.H. and Draper, S. (2015). Non-linear dynamics of wave-groups in random seas: Unexpected walls of water in the open ocean, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 471(2184).

J18. * Leckie, S.H., White, D.J., Draper, S. and Cheng, L., (2016). Unlocking the Benefits of Long-Term Pipeline-Embedment Processes: Image Analysis–Based Processing of Historic Survey Data, Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, p. 04016008.

J17. *Zhang, Q., Draper, S., Cheng, L. and An, H. (2015). Time scale of Scour below a subsea pipeline in time varying flow conditions, Applied Ocean Research, Applied Ocean Research, 55, p. 151-162.

J16. Adcock, T.A.A and Draper, S. (2015). A note on the variation in shape of linear rogue waves in the ocean, Underwater Technology, 33 (2), pp. 75-80.

J15. Draper, S., An, H., Cheng, L., White, D. J., & Griffiths, T. (2015). Stability of subsea pipelines during large storms, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 373: 20140106.

J14. *Leckie, S.H.F., Draper, S., White, D.J., Cheng, L., Fogliani, A.J. (2015), Lifelong embedment and spanning of a pipeline on a mobile seabed, Coastal Engineering, 95, pp. 130-146.

J13. Adcock, T. A. A., Draper, S. and Nishino, T. (2015), ), Tidal Power generation – A review of hydrodynamic modelling, Proc. Institute Mech. Engineers, Part A: J. Power and Energy, DOI: 10.1177/0957650914544347

J12. Draper, S., and Nishino, T. (2014). Centered and staggered arrangements of tidal turbines, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 739, 72-93.

J11. Draper, S., Adcock, T. A. A., Borthwick, A.G.L, and Houlsby, G.T. (2014) An electrical interpretation of the Pentland Firth Tidal Stream Energy Resource, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A, 470:20130207.

J10. Draper, S., Adcock, T. A. A., Borthwick, A.G.L, and Houlsby, G.T. (2014) ‘Estimate of the Extractable Pentland Firth Tidal Stream Energy Resource’, Renewable Energy, 63, 650-657.

J9. Adcock, T.A.A. and Draper, S. (2014). Power extraction from tidal channels–Multiple tidal constituents, compound tides and overtides. Renewable Energy, 63, 797-806.

J8. Draper, S., Adcock, T.A.A., Borthwick, A.G.L, and Houlsby, G.T. (2014) ‘A note on the power potential of tidal currents in channels’, International Journal of Marine Energy, 6, 1-17.

J7. Adcock, T.A.A., Draper, S., Houlsby, G.T., Borthwick, A.G.L., and Serhadlioglu, S, (2014) ‘Long-term available power predictions for the Pentland Firth’, Proc. Institute Mech. Engineers, Part A: J. Power and Energy, DOI:
10.1177/ 0957650914544347.

J6. Vennell, R., Funke, S.W., Draper, S., Stevens, C. and Divett, T. (2014) ‘Designing Large Arrays of Tidal Turbines: a synthesis and review’, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 41, pp. 454-472.

J5. White, D.J., Draper, S., Cheng, L., An, H., Mohr, H. and Leckie, S. (2014), ‘Ocean-Structure-Seabed interaction: O-tube modelling of pipeline stability’, Australian Geomechanics, 49(4), 157-164.

J4. Draper, S., Borthwick, A.G.L., and Houlsby, G.T. (2013) ‘Energy Potential of a tidal fence deployed near a coastal headland’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 371:20120176.

J3. Adcock, T.A.A., Draper, S., Houlsby, G. T., Borthwick, A. G. L., and Serhadlioglu, S. (2013), “The available power from tidal stream turbines in the Pentland Firth”, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 469:20130072.

J2. Serhadlıoğlu, S., Adcock, T. A., Houlsby, G. T., Draper, S., & Borthwick, A. G. (2013). Tidal stream energy resource assessment of the Anglesey Skerries. International Journal of Marine Energy, 3, 98-111.

J1. Draper, S., Houlsby, G.T., Oldfield, M.L.G. and Borthwick, A.G.L (2010). Modeling Tidal Energy Extraction in a Depth Averaged Domain. IET J. Renew. Powr. Gen., Vol. 4, pp.545-554.

B1. Cheng, L., Draper, S., An, H. (2014) Scour and Erosion. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Scour and Erosion, Leiden, The Netherlands, CRC Press/Balkema. ISBN: 978-1-138-02732-9.

B2. Draper, S., Harris, J.M., Cheng, L. and White, D.J. (2016) Seabed Processes: Sediment Transport, Scour and Sedimentation, emoe539, Encyclopaedia of Marine and Offshore Engineering.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
COFS stream leader (Offshore Engineering Science)
UWA Oceans Institute Leadership Team
Funding received
Australian Research Council Discovery Project: "Scour and scour induced settlement of subsea structures" DP150104644
Australian Research Council Linkage Project: "Hydrodynamic forces on small diameter pipelines laid on natural seabed" LP150100249
Australian Research Council Linkage Project: "Novel wave energy foundation solutions to survive extreme loads" LP150100598
Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub "Offshore Floating Facilities" IH140100012
Society for Underwater Technology
UWA Oceans Institute
Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society
Honours and awards
2010 Science Scholarship, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford
2006 Rhodes Scholarship (Australia-at-large)
2005 Civil Engineering Award for best Honours Project, UWA
Other UWA undergraduate awards: D.N. Foster Award in Coastal and Offshore Engineering (2005), Steel Institute of Australia Structural Design Award (2004), BSP Industry Award (2004), Hartley Poynton Prize for finance (2003)
I am unit coordinator for GENG5501 (Coastal and Offshore Engineering)

I also give lectures in the following units:
Design of Offshore Systems CIVL 5505 (Metocean engineering + Renewable Energy)
Environmental Geotechnics GENG5502 (Contaminant transport)
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