Wenhua Zhao

Mr, Dr, PhD Shanghai Jiao Tong

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

    6009 Perth


  • 287 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
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Personal profile


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 associate editor.
2) Technical reviewer for academic journals:
Journal of Fluid Mechanics,
Applied Ocean Research,
Ocean Engineering,
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,
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

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

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

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Projects 2013 2018

Research Output 2010 2018

  • 287 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 35 Article
  • 11 Conference paper
  • 1 Review article

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
1 Citations

Dependence of critical filling level on excitation amplitude in a rectangular sloshing tank

Lu, Y., Zhou, T., Cheng, L., Zhao, W. & Jiang, H., 15 May 2018, In : Ocean Engineering. 156, p. 500-511 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Liquid sloshing
Tanks (containers)
Pressure sensors
Water levels
Offshore structures
Time series
Surface waves
Dynamic models
Computational fluid dynamics
Iterative methods
3 Citations

Estimation of gap resonance relevant to side-by-side offloading

Zhao, W., Pan, Z., Lin, F., Li, B., Taylor, P. H. & Efthymiou, M., 1 Apr 2018, In : Ocean Engineering. 153, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Potential flow
White noise


2014 Best Publication Awards

Wenhua Zhao (Recipient), 1 Dec 2014

Prize/award: Prize

2015 Best PhD Thesis Awards

Wenhua Zhao (Recipient), 1 Jun 2015

Prize/award: Prize

Best Paper Award

Wenhua Zhao (Recipient), 1 Jun 2016

Prize/award: Prize

Fresh Science of 2018 (WA)

Wenhua Zhao (Recipient), 26 Jun 2018

Prize/award: Honorary award