• The University of Western Australia (M053), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 438 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
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Wenhua Zhao has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia since October 2013 and was promoted to be a Senior Research Fellow in Aug 2017. 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, wave-structure interactions, etc.

He has earned a reputation in marine engineering. He has been a Deputy Editor 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.

Roles and responsibilities

1) Deputy Editor for the Ocean Engineering journal.-- No. 1 in marine engineering (ISI web) and I am the youngest Deputy Editor.
2) Technical reviewer for (15+) academic journals:
          Journal of Fluid Mechanics,
          Applied Ocean Research,
          Ocean Engineering,

 Renewable Energy,

         Journal of Hydrodynamics,
         Journal of Fluids and Structures,
         Ships and Offshore Structures,
         Journal of Engineering Mechanics,
         European Journal of Mechanics B – Fluids,
         Journal of Marine Science and Applications,
         Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering,
         International of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, 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 conferences 2016, 2017 ; Co-chair a session at OMAE conference 2014.
5) Organizing committee: the AFMC 2016.
6) External Examiner for Mater or PhD thesis

Funding overview

2019 (Sole CI), ‘Unlocking lab to field scaling in design for floating offshore structures’, ARC DECRA2019-2021.

2018 (Lead CI), ‘Alternative structure deployment – RiverLab Testing’, Western Australia Energy Research Alliance WAERA ex Woodside R2D3.

2017 (Lead CI), ‘Maximising the impact of UWA’s offshore floating structure research – enhancing WA’s position as a global offshore engineering hub’, UWA Research Impact Grants.

2016 (Lead CI), Research Collaboration Awards, between UWA, Oxford and SJTU.

2015 (Sole CI), ' Physical understanding of waves in the gap between side-by-side moored vessels', SJTU R&D grant.

2015 (CI), 'Investigating the RiverLab Concept', Western Australian Energy Research Alliance WAERA ex Woodside R2D3.

2014 (Lead CI), 'The Effect of Liquid Cargo Motion in Spherical Tanks on Vessel Motion', Shell Development Australia Pty Ltd.

2014 (Lead CI), 'Estimation of damping levels between FLNG and LNG carrier in side-by-side offloading ', FECM R&D grant.

2014 (CI), Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub "Offshore Floating Facilities" IH140100012.

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.


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

External positions

By-Fellow, University of Cambridge

1 Nov 2019 → …

DECRA fellow, Australian Research Council

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

Deputy Editor, Ocean Engineering

1 Jun 2018 → …


  • Offshore engineering
  • Floating structures
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Wave-structure interaction
  • Modeling of floating structure-riser-mooring interaction
  • Nonlinear problems in offshore engineering: sloshing, freak waves
  • Mooring systems
  • Risers

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Research Output 2010 2019

  • 438 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 38 Article
  • 16 Conference paper
  • 1 Review article
1 Citation (Scopus)

Amplification of random wave run-up on the front face of a box driven by tertiary wave interactions

Zhao, W., Taylor, P. H., Wolgamot, H. A. & Eatock Taylor, R., 25 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 869, p. 706-725 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

wave interaction

Cfd investigations of 2d greenwater overtopping of a floating offshore vessel

Zhang, X., Draper, S., Wolgamot, H., Zhao, W., Chen, L. & Cheng, L., 11 Nov 2019, Rodney Eatock Taylor Honoring Symposium on Marine and Offshore Hydrodynamics; Takeshi Kinoshita Honoring Symposium on Offshore Technology. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), (Proceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE; vol. 9).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Computational fluid dynamics
Potential flow
3 Citations (Scopus)

Eliciting features of 2D greenwater overtopping of a fixed box using modified dam break models

Zhang, X., Draper, S., Wolgamot, H., Zhao, W. & Cheng, L., 1 Mar 2019, In : Applied Ocean Research. 84, p. 74-91 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Computational fluid dynamics

Resolving wave and laminar boundary layer scales for gap resonance problems

Wang, H., Wolgamot, H. A., Draper, S., Zhao, W., Taylor, P. H. & Cheng, L., 10 May 2019, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 866, p. 759-775 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

laminar boundary layer
Laminar boundary layer
harmonic excitation
5 Citations (Scopus)

Current practice and research directions in hydrodynamics for FLNG-side-by-side offloading

Zhao, W., Milne, I. A., Efthymiou, M., Wolgamot, H. A., Draper, S., Taylor, P. & Eatock Taylor, W. R., 2018, In : Ocean Engineering. 158, p. 99–110

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Liquid sloshing
Liquefied natural gas

Projects 2013 2022