Dr Wenhua Zhao
Offshore Foundation Systems, Centre for
- Contact details
- Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
The University of Western Australia (M053)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 3609
- PhD Shanghai Jiao Tong
- Wenhua Zhao has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia since October 2013. Prior to this, he completed a PhD in Offshore Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Wenhua's research focuses on hydrodynamics of naval architecture and offshore floating structures, mooring line dynamics, nonlinear waves, etc.
He has earned a reputation in marine engineering. He has been the youngest editorial board member for the journal of Ocean Engineering (No. 1 in marine engineering, ISI web), invited to organize conference topics, chair sessions and served as funding assessor for both Australian and overseas funding bodies.
6 funding/grants (>Au$10M) have been awarded to him within the past 3 years. The outcomes from have been disseminated through >45 publications (awarded 2 prizes), impacting engineering practice.
- Key research
- Hydrodynamics (offshore structures)
- Wave/Structure interactions
- Numerical and physical modeling of floating structure/riser/mooring line interactions
- Nonlinear problems in offshore engineering, such as sloshing
- Journal Papers:
J1. Zhao W., Wolgamot, H., Taylor P.H., Eatock Taylor R. 2017. Gap resonance and higher harmonics driven by focused transient wave groups. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, In Press.
J2. Zhao W., McPhail, F., 2017. Roll response of an LNG carrier considering the liquid cargo flow. Ocean Engineering, 129, 83-91.
J3. Xiong L., Yang J., Zhao W., 2016. Dynamics of a taut mooring line accounting for the embedded anchor chains. Ocean Engineering, 121, pp. 403-413.
J4. Zhao W., McPhail, F., Efthymiou, M., 2016. Effect of partially filled spherical cargo tanks on the roll response of a barge-like vessel. Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, 138, 3, pp.031601-1~9.
J5. Yuan Z., Ji C., Incecik A., Zhao W., Day A. 2016. Theoretical and numerical estimation of ship-to-ship hydrodynamic interaction effects. Ocean Engineering, 121, pp. 239-253.
J6. Gao N., Yang J., Zhao W., Li X. 2016. Numerical simulation of deterministic freak wave sequences and wave-structure interaction. Ships and Offshore Structures, 11 (8), 802-817.
J7. Zhang, X. Yang, J., Zhao W., Xiao, L. 2016. Effects of wave excitation force prediction deviations on the discrete control performance of an oscillating wave energy converter. Ships and Offshore Structures, 11 (4), 351-368.
J8. Deng, Y., Yang, J., Zhao W., Li, X., Xiao, L. 2016. Freak wave forces on a vertical cylinder. Coastal Engineering, 114, pp. 9-18.
J9. Xiong L., Yang J., Lv H., Zhao W., Kou Y. 2016. Study on global performances and mooring-induced damping of a semi-submersible. China Ocean Engineering, 30 (5) 671-686.
J10. Zhao W., Efthymiou M., McPhail F., Wille S., 2016. Nonlinear roll damping of a barge with and without liquid cargo in spherical tanks. Journal of Ocean Engineering and Science, 1, 1, pp. 84-91.
J11. Deng, Y., Yang, J., Zhao W., Xiao, L., Li X. 2016. Surge motion of a semi-submersible in freak waves. Ships and Offshore structures, DOI: 10.1080/17445302.2016.1149321.
J12. Deng, Y., Yang, J., Zhao W., Xiao, L., Li, X., 2015. An efficient focusing model of freak wave generation considering wave reflection effects. Ocean Engineering, 105, pp.125-135.
J13. Xie, Z., Yang, J., Hu, Z., Zhao W., Zhao, J., 2015. The horizontal stability of an FLNG with different turret locations. International Journal of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, 7, 2, pp. 244-258.
J14. Xiong L., Lü H., Yang J., Zhao W. 2015. Motion responses of a moored barge in shallow water. Ocean Engineering, 97, pp. 207-217.
J15. Zhao W., Yang J., Hu Z., Tao L., 2014. Coupled analysis of nonlinear sloshing and ship motions. Applied Ocean Research, 47, pp. 85-97.
J16. Zhao W., Yang J., Hu Z., Xiao L., Tao L., 2014. Hydrodynamics of a 2D vessel including internal sloshing flows. Ocean Engineering, 84, pp. 45-53.
J17. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., Tao, L.B., 2014. Prediction of hydrodynamic performance of an FLNG system in side-by-side offloading operation. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 46, pp. 89-110.
J18. Zhao W., Yang J., Hu Z., Tao L., 2014. Coupling between roll motions of an FLNG vessel and internal sloshing. Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, 2014, 136, pp. 021102-1~021102-10.
J19. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., Xie, B., 2013. Hydrodynamics of an FLNG system in tandem offloading operation. Ocean Engineering, 57, pp.150-162.
J20. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., 2013. Effects of sloshing on the global motion responses of FLNG. Ships and Offshore Structures, 8, 2, pp.111-122.
J21. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., Xiao, L.F., Peng, T., 2013. Experimental and numerical investigation of the roll motion behavior of a floating liquefied natural gas system. Science China: Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy, 55, 3, pp.629-644.
J22. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., Wei, Y.F., 2013. Numerical investigation on the hydrodynamic difference between internal and external turret-moored FLNG. Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Science), 18, 5, pp.590-597.
J23. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., Wei, Y.F., 2012. Full-scale measurement investigation of the hydrodynamics of a turret-moored FPSO in a typhoon and deduction of its mooring loads. Ships and Offshore Structures, 7, 3, pp.285-295.
J24. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., Xiao, L.F., 2012. Experimental investigation of the effects of inner-tank sloshing on hydrodynamics of an FLNG system. Journal of Hydrodynamics (Series B), 24, 1, pp.107-115.
J25. Zhao W., Yang J., Hu Z., Xiao L., Peng T., 2012. Investigation on the hydrodynamic performance of an ultra deep turret-moored FLNG system. China Ocean Engineering, 2012, 26, 1, pp.77-93.
J26. Zhao W., Yang J., Hu Z., Xiao L., Peng T., 2012. Hydrodynamic interaction between FLNG vessel and LNG carrier in side by side configuration. Journal of Hydrodynamics, 24 (4), 823-832.
J27. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., Wei, Y.F., 2011. Recent developments on the hydrodynamics of floating liquid natural gas (FLNG). Ocean Engineering, 38, 14-15, pp.1555-1567.
J28. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., Li, X., 2012. Research on hydrodynamics of an FLNG system in side-by-side operation. Journal of Ship Mechanics, 16, 11, pp.1248-1256 (in Chinese).
J29. Zhao W., Yang, J.M., Hu, Z.Q., Li, Y.X., Xie, X.M., 2011. Calculation and analysis of the mooring loads of FPSO: based on the field measurement data of the motion characteristics of the Fenjin FPSO. China Offshore Oil and Gas, 23, 2, pp.116-121 (in Chinese).
Journal papers under review/to be submitted:
J30. Hu Z., Li X., Zhao W., Wu X., 2016. Nonlinear dynamics and impact load in float-over installation. Applied Ocean Research, (revised).
J31. Xiong L. White D.J., Neubecker S.R., Zhao W., Yang J. 2017. Anchor loads in taut moorings: the impact of inverse catenary shakedown. Applied Ocean Research, (revised).
J32. Zhao W., Taylor P.H., Wolgamot H., Eatock Taylor R. Linear damping in gap resonance and its implications in side-by-side offloading operations. To be submitted in Jan 2017.
J33. Zhao W. Wolgamot H., Taylor P.H. Nonlinearity, higher harmonics and sloshing in wave-driven roll motions of an LNG carrier model with spherical tanks. To be submitted in Jan 2017.
C1.Wang H., Draper S., Zhao W., Wolgamot H., Cheng L. 2016. Two dimension numerical study of resonant free surface motion in the gap between two fixed vessels. 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, 5-8 Dec 2016, Perth, Australia.
C2.Zhang X. Draper S., Wolgamot H., Zhao W., Cheng L. 2016. Numerical investigation of green water for a two dimensional fixed rectangular structure. 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, 5-8 Dec 2016, Perth, Australia.
C3.Zhao W., Wolgamot, H., Taylor, P.H., Eatock Taylor, R. 2016. Effect of vessel separation on gap resonance during side-by-side offloading operations. Marine Operations Specialty Symposium, 20-21 Sep, 2016, Singapore.
C4.Zhao W., McPhail F., Wille S., White D., Efthymiou M. 2016. Hydrodynamic performance of an LNGC with partially-filled spherical tanks. OTC 2016, Houston, USA.
C5.Zhao W., Wolgamot H., Taylor P.H., Eatock Taylor R. 2016. Nonlinear harmonics in the roll motion of a moored barge coupled to sloshing in partially-filled spherical tanks. IWWWFB31, 3-6 April 2016, Plymouth, MI, USA.
C6.Xiong L., Zhao W., Yang J., White D. 2016. Numerical simulations of the load on an embedded anchor from a taut mooring system. ISOPE 2016, Rhodes, Greece.
C7.Lu Y., Zhao W., Zhou T., Cheng L. 2016. Experimental studies on wave elevation inside a two-dimensional sloshing tank. ISOPE 2016, June 26 – July 2, 2016, Rhodes, Greece.
C8.Zhao W., Wolgamot H., Draper S., Taylor P.H., Eatock Taylor R., M. Efthymiou, 2016. Experimental determination of resonant response in the narrow gap between two side-by-side fixed bodies in deep water. OMAE 2016, June 19-24, 2016, Busan, South Korea.
C9.Gao N., Yang J., Li X., Zhao W., 2015. Wave forces on horizontal cylinder due to nonlinear focused wave groups. In: Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference.
C10.Zhao W., Yang J., Tao L., White D., 2014. Research on the coupling between ship motions and sloshing. In: Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2014), San Francisco, California, June 8-13, 2014.
C11.Zhao W., Yang J., Hu, Z., Peng T., 2011. Numerical and experimental investigation on hydrodynamic characteristics of FLNG with account of the inner-tank sloshing. In: Proceedings of the 30th International Conference of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2011), Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 19-24, 2011.
C12.Zhao W., Yang J., Hu Z., Wei Y., 2010. Hydrodynamic verification on the motion characteristic of FPSO based on the full scale measurement data features of current and wind. In: Proceedings of the 29th International Conference of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2010), Shanghai, China, June 6-11, 2010.
Conference papers under review/to be submitted:
C13.Stanisic D., Efthymiou M., Kimiaei M., Zhao W. Evaluation of conventional methods of establishing extreme mooring design loads. Paper no. OMAE2017-61243, submitted.
C14.Zhao W., Pan Z., Taylor P.H., Efthymiou M. Estimation of gap resonance relevant to side-by-side offloading. Paper no. OMAE2017-61342, to be submitted before 9th Jan. 2017.
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- 1)Associate Editor for the Ocean Engineering journal.-- No. 1 in marine engineering (ISI web) and I am the youngest associate editor.
2)Technical reviewer for academic journals: Ocean Engineering, Ships and Offshore Structures, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, etc.
3)Funding Assessor: a) Australian Research Council; b) Technology Foundation STW, Netherlands.
4)Conference chair: a) Chair and organize new session titled FLNG hydrodynamics (inl. two sub topics), OMAE conference 2016; Co-chair a session at OMAE conference 2014.
5)Organizing committee: the AFMC 2016.
- Funding received
- 2014, Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub "Offshore Floating Facilities" IH140100012
2014, 'The Effect of Liquid Cargo Motion in Spherical Tanks on Vessel Motion', Shell Development Australia Pty Ltd.
2014, 'Estimation of damping levels between FLNG and LNG carrier in side-by-side offloading ', FECM R&D grant.
2015, ' Physical understanding of waves in the gap between side-by-side moored vessels', SJTU R&D grant.
2015, 'Investigating the RiverLab Concept', Western Australian Energy Research Alliance WAERA ex Woodside R2D3.
2016, Research Collaboration Awards, between UWA, Oxford and SJTU.
- Industrial relevance
- My research aims to provide reliable predictions of hydrodynamic performance of offshore structures, including motion response of floating structures and forces on mooring system. For example, analysis of an FLNG - LNG carrier coupled system in side-by-side (or tandem) offloading operation. This research has contributed to the design of Chinese FLNG, and will also make contributions in the operation of the world’s first FLNG (Shell’s Prelude FLNG).
More recently, I have also started to work on nonlinear sloshing flows, which is of importance for design of LNG tank and global motions of floating structures.
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
Society for Underwater Technology
Petroleum Club of WA
- Honours and awards
- 2016 Research Collaboration Awards, between UWA, Oxford and SJTU.
2016 Best Paper Award, journal of Ships and Offshore Structures.
2015 PhD Thesis Awards, local government of Shanghai, China.
2014 Early Career Researcher Best Publication Awards, UWA.
2012 Academic Scholarship for Excellent Doctoral Candidates, Chinese Ministry of Education.
2012 Foster Foundation for Excellent Ph.D. Dissertation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
2011 Omron Award, Shanghai Jiao Tong University & Omron.
Other undergraduate awards from China University of Petroleum: Outstanding Graduate Award (2008), National Scholarship (2006, 2007), Shengli Oil Field Scholarship (2006).
- Prof. J Yang, A/Prof. Z Hu, Dr. W Zhao, Mr. T Peng, Prof. L Xiao. “Test inertia regulating method of FLNG liquid tank sloshing model”, PN: CN101905737A, PD: 2010.12.08.
Prof. J Yang, A/Prof. Z Hu, Dr. W Zhao, Mr. T Peng, Prof. L Xiao. “Anti-collision testing device for water pool model”, PN: CN102175407A, PD: 2011.09.07.
- Research profile
Research profile and publications