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Prof Guoxiong Wu
  • Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

After obtaining PhD at Department of Mechnical Engineering, UCL, Prof G.X. Wu worked in the same department as a researcher between 1987-1992, a lecturer between 1992-1997, a reader between 1997-2000, a professor since 2000
Prof Wu was a Royal Society Industry Fellow between 1997-1999. He has been a Cheong Kong visiting professor at Harbin Engineering University, China since 2006, and was one of the first group people awarded by of one thousand talent scheme in China in 2009, hosted initially by Shanghai Jiaotong University and subsequently by Harbin Engineering University since 2012.

Professor G.X. Wu is also currently the LRF (Lloyds Register Foundation) chair of the joint centre on deep water challenges, involving UCL, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Harbin Engineering University. The LRF helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.

Research Summary

Professor G.X. Wu’s research is primarily in mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of fluid flow and fluid/structure interactions problems, based on the finite element method, finite volume method, finite difference method, boundary element method and mesh less method.  The principal applications of the work are in naval architecture and coastal, offshore & deep water engineering, as well as biomedical engineering. His prime research interests are (1) performance of an intact or a damaged ship in the sea (2) nonlinear interactions of floating structures with ocean waves, (3) internal waves in deep sea, (4)manoeuvrability and control of a surface or subsea vehicle, (5) fluid/structure impact during water entry/exit, and violent wave hitting marine structures or coastal defence, (6) Interaction of air cavity bubbles with fluid, free surface waves and solid boundaries, (7) vortex shedding from sharp corners of a structure, (8) sloshing, (9) drug delivery into tumours through blood flow, (10) blood flow and shear stress in Circle of Willis.

Professor G.X. Wu is also currently the LRF (Lloyds Register Foundation) chair of the joint centre on deep water challenges, involving UCL, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Harbin Engineering University.The research in the centre covers a wide range of topics, including

(1)   numerical Investigation of Wave Run-up around a 3D Truncated Vertical Cylinder
(2)   interaction of nonlinear water wave with varying sea-bed
(3)   nonlinear interactions between waves and current
(4)   wave loads and motion of a platform
(5)   deep water rod dynamics with large extending properties
(6)   coupling of high oscillatory and large amplitude slowly varying motions of a floating body
(7)   interaction between floating bodies during floatover installation
(8)   fluid/structure interaction with bubble effects
(9)   propagation of internal waves
(10) coupled VIV of flexible slender bodies
(11) multi-degree vortex-included movement of the buoyancy can
(12) air gap between a semisubmersible and wave elevation
(13) green water on the deck
(14) green water loads on FPSO
(15) VIV suppression
(16) Numerical and experimental hydrodynamic analysis for multi-body systems
(17) Investigation on the hydrodynamics of FLNG and the effects of inner-tank sloshing on global response of the hull
(18) Interactions of internal waves and bodies near the interface of two fluids  



Teaching Summary

The courses taught


1. Resistance and propulsion of a ship
2. Marine hydrodynamics (ship manoeuvring)
3. Marine structures in waves

1. Computational Fluid Dynamics
2. Seakeeping of a ship

Academic Background
1986   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1984   Master of Science University College London
1982   Bachelor of Science Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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