Dr Adam Roberts

Dr Adam Roberts

FLOW Research Fellow

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



My background is in physics, renewables, and digital engineering. I am experienced in using analytical, numerical, and practical methods to help develop ideas through the technology readiness level (TRL) scale, as well as with packaging complex models into user-friendly apps so that they can more easily aid decision makers. This has given me a broad technical skillset that is ideal for supporting the research and development of floating offshore wind farms.
Prior to joining Plymouth University, I worked as a research fellow in the Offshore Renewable Energy Group at the University of Exeter, where I helped in the development and testing of the Ec Simulator for the Cornwall FLOW Accelerator project. While at Exeter I also worked on the Marine-I project, providing research and modelling expertise to Cornish marine technology companies. I have also worked as a research engineer in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, spending nearly 4 years at the MTC conducting multiphysics analysis and developing simulation apps to support commercial R&D.


  • PhD, Bournemouth University (2017) - The Hydrodynamics of the Water Hammer Energy System
  • MSc, Plymouth University (2013) - Marine Renewable Energy
  • MPhys, Exeter University (2012) - Physics with Astrophysics


Afazov, S., Roberts, A., Wright, L., Jadhav, P., Holloway, A., Basoalto, H., Milne, K. and Brierley, N., 2022. Metal powder bed fusion process chains: an overview of modelling techniques. Progress in Additive Manufacturing, pp.1-26.Roberts, A., Thomas, B., Sewell, P. and Hoare, E., 2019. Generating renewable power from water hammer pressure surges. Renewable Energy, 134, pp.1392-1399.

Roberts, A., Thomas, B., Sewell, P., Khan, Z., Balmain, S. and Gillman, J., 2016. Current tidal power technologies and their suitability for applications in coastal and marine areas. Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy, 2, pp.227-245.

Conference Papers
Roberts, A., Thomas, B., Sewell, P., Aslani, N., Balmain, S., Balmain, I. and Gillman, J., 2016, September. The potential of the water hammer in pico-scale tidal power systems: An experimental investigation. In 2016 4th International Symposium on Environmental Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA)(pp. 1-6). IEEE.

Youssef, K., Chen, B., Roberts, A., Chen, J., Zhao, C., Johanning, L. and Olosunde, J., 2023. FLOW farm model at specific Celtic Sea sites (beta version), Ec Simulator impact case study. https://celticseacluster.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Ec-Simulator-Impact-Case-Study.pdf.