School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Zhiqiang Hu

Lloyds Prof of Offshore Engineering



Zhiqiang Hu received his bachelor degree (Ship Engineering), master degree (Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering) and doctor degree (Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering) in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He joined Newcastle University in 2016. Before that, he had worked in School of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Civil Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University for 15 years.  He had plenty of teaching and research experiences and knowledge in naval architecture and ocean engineering related hydrodynamics, structural dynamics and basin model test conducting technology.

Previous positions

2001-2003 Teaching assistant, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Civil Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
2004-2010 Lecturer, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Civil Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
2009-2010 Post-doc & visiting scholar, Department of Marine Technology, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway
2011-2016 Associate professor, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Civil Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

2016-2017 Senior Lecturer, School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University, UK

2017-2018 Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, UK

Area of expertise

Ship collision and grounding
Ocean renewable energy


PhD       Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
MEng    Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
BEng     Ship Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China 

Memberships and editorial work

Deputy editor of journal Ocean Engineering

ISSC  V.6 ( Ocean Space Utilization ) committee member
Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects
ICCGS (International Conference on Collision and Grounding of Ships & Offshore Structures) Scientific committee member

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Research interest

  • Hydrodynamic theoretical research on the potential theory and complex nonlinear responses for ships and offshore floating units.

  • Model test investigations on the hydrodynamic characters for ships and floating offshore unit

  • Research on the coupling-dynamic characters of ocean renewable energy devices, including floating offshore wind turbine and wave energy converter.

  • Internal mechanism of ship structure under collision and grounding scenario, through the analytical prediction method and numerical simulation method.

  • External mechanism of ship collision and grounding, through analytical method and scaled model test method

  • Ship-ice interaction analysis for the collision between sailing ship and iceberg.

Current research

  • Coupling effect between internal liquid sloshing and the external vessel motion; the interactive effect between side-by-side moored floating vessels; and the coupling responses between the mooring system and the floating vessel.

  • Research on the theoretical analysis and program building for an in-house program DARwind, which can be used to analyse the comprehensive characters of floating wind turbine, through the integration of aerodynamic load, hydrodynamic load, elastic-structural response and control algorithm effect.

  • Research on the challenges of model test methodology for the scaled model test in wave basin of floating offshore wind turbine.

  • Research on the investigation of structural strength and fatigue strength of the blades and the tower, taking the motion effect of the supporting platform into consideration.       

  • The investigation on the internal mechanisms of structural resistance and energy dissipation, owing to the complicated structural deformation of bending, tearing, folding and membrane stretching of ship structural components, through the simplified analytical method. 

  • Research on the external kinetic characters of the vessels under collision and grounding scenarios.

  • Establishing new material models for iceberg material, considering both of the temperature-variance effect and the visco-elastic effect. Numerical simulation analysis on the incorporation of new ice material models into LS_DYNA code.




Postgraduate Teaching

MAR8072 Fundamentals of Naval Architecture (module leader)

MAR8021 Advanced Offshore Design

Undergraduate Teaching

MAR3035 Offshore Design (module leader)

MAR3034 Further Ship Hydrodynamics