Dr Alison Raby
Profiles

Dr Alison Raby

Associate Professor (Reader)

School of Engineering (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Qualifications

DPhil 'Extreme Waves, Overtopping and Flooding at Sea Defences' (Oxford)

PhD 'Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Perfusion and Diffusion in MRI' (Surrey)

BSc Hons 'Physics with Mathematics' (Sussex),

Teaching interests

MSc Programme Manager

Coastal Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Global Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design Projects

Research interests

Extreme wave interactions with coastal structures
Wave loading on lighthouses
Post-tsunami reconnaissance missions
Marine renewable energy technologies
Appropriate technology

Grants & contracts

I am currently Principal Investigator on the following research grant: 

STORMLAMP - Structural behaviour Of Rock Mounted Lighthouses At the Mercy of imPulsive waves 2016-2020, EPSRC grant number EP/N022947/1

I am currently Co-Investigator on the following research grants:

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016 – “Reliability and safety engineering and technology for large maritime engineering systems” (RESET, 730888).

ENFORCE - Extreme responses using NewWave: Forces, Overtopping and Runu-up in Coastal Engineering, 2013-2015, EPSRC Grant Number EP/K024108/1

FROTH: Fundamentals and Reliability of Offshore Structure Hydrodynamics, EPSRC November 2012-October 2015, EPSRC Grant Number EP/J012866/1 (£436,113)

X-MED: EXtreme Loading of Marine Energy Devices due to Waves, Current, Flotsam and Mammal Impact, EPSRC, February 2012-January 2015, EPSRC Grant Number EP/J010235/1 (£901,377)

EEFIT Earthquake Mission Grant: Funding for Improved Response and Dissemination 2011 - 2016, EPSRC Grant Number EP/I01778X/1 (£205,494)

I was the Principal Investigator, on the following research grants:

Post earthquake field investigation of the M8.0 Samoa Islands earthquake and tsunami of September 29, 2009, EPSRC Nov 2009-Jan 2010, EPSRC Grant Number EP/H043314/1 (£34,000)

Fundamentals of overtopping from violent wave imapcts (OVI), EPSRC Grant Number EP/D080533/1, 2006-2008 (University of Plymouth: £170,000, University of Bristol: £140,000).

Also:

Partner in Department for International Development (DfID) funded project led by Engineers Against Poverty: Developing a curriculum for Global Engineering (2009-2012). Total grant value: £259,450.

Co-investigator GWR and Embley Energy funded project, Survivability and Tuning of the Sperboy Wave Energy Converter (2008-11) £55,200.

Co-investigator on university PhD Scholarship: Intelligent control of a multiple oscillating water column wave energy conversion device (2010-13) £58,000.

Co-investigator on joint industry-funded CASE PhD Studentship with HR Wallingford and involvement from the Environment Agency, Understanding the failure mechanisms of seawalls in a load dependent way (2010-13) £89,000.

Holder of a University of Plymouth Teaching Fellowship Award: The Global Engineer (2006-07). Total value: £5,000. Work that was undertaken on this small grant led to a new Engineers Without Borders student society and an invitation to become a partner in the above DfID project, with subsequent award of small grant (£3,000).

Research groups

  • Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Banfi D, Raby A & Simmonds D 2017 'CHARACTERISATION OF BREAKING WAVES ON THE EDDYSTONE LIGHTHOUSE: A LABORATORY INVESTIGATION ON WAVE PRESSURE' Coastal Engineering Proceedings 1, (35) 15-15 , DOI
Whittaker CN, Fitzgerald CJ, Raby AC, Taylor PH, Orszaghova J & Borthwick AGL 2017 'Optimisation of focused wave group runup on a plane beach' Coastal Engineering 121, 44-55 , DOI PEARL
Ransley EJ, Greaves DM, Raby A, Simmonds D, Jakobsen M & Kramer M 2017 'RANS-VOF modelling of the Wavestar point absorber' Renewable Energy 109, 49-65 , DOI PEARL
Ransley EJ, Greaves DM, Raby A, Simmonds D & Hann M 2017 'Survivability of wave energy converters using CFD' Renewable Energy 109, 235-247 , DOI PEARL
Jane R, Dalla Valle L, Simmonds D & Raby A 2016 'A copula-based approach for the estimation of wave height records through spatial correlation' Coastal Engineering 117, 1-18 , DOI PEARL
Abo AA, Muhammad RJ, Raby A, Kyte A & Greaves DM 2016 'Analysis of high velocity free surface flow interaction with a bridge pier in a trapezoidal channel using CFD' NAFEMS International Journal of CFD Case Studies PEARL
Fitzgerald CJ, Taylor PH, Orszaghova J, Borthwick AGL, Whittaker C & Raby AC 2016 'Irregular wave runup statistics on plane beaches: application of a Boussinesq-type model incorporating a generating-absorbing sponge layer and second-order wave generation' Coastal Engineering 114, 309-324 , DOI PEARL
Trinh Q, Raby AC, Banfi D, Corrado M, Chiaia B, Rafiq Y & Cali F 2016 'Modelling the Eddystone Lighthouse response to wave loading' Engineering Structures 125, 566-578 , DOI PEARL
Hu ZZ, Greaves DM & Raby A 2016 'Numerical wave tank study of extreme waves and wave-structure interaction using OpenFoam®' Ocean Engineering , DOI PEARL
Mai T, Greaves DM, Raby AC & Taylor PH 2016 'Physical modelling of wave scattering around fixed FPSO-shaped bodies' Applied Ocean Research 61, 115-129 , DOI PEARL
Ma ZH, Causon DM, Qian L, Mingham CG, Mai T, Greaves D & Raby A 2016 'Pure and aerated water entry of a flat plate' Physics of Fluids 28, (1) 016104-016104 , DOI PEARL
Raby AC, whittaker C, FITZGERALD C & TAYLOR PH 2016 'The average shape of large waves in the coastal zone' Coastal Engineering 114, 253-264 , DOI PEARL
Wolgamot HA, Taylor PH, Eatock Taylor R, van den Bremer TS, Raby AC & Whittaker C 2015 'Experimental observation of a near-motion-trapped mode: free motion in heave with negligible radiation' Journal of Fluid Mechanics 786, 786R 5-1-786 R5-11 , DOI
Raby A, Macabuag J, Pomonis A, Wilkinson S & Rossetto T 2015 'Implications of the 2011 Great East Japan Tsunami on sea defence design' International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 14, 332-346 , DOI PEARL
Hann M, Greaves D & Raby A 2015 'Snatch loading of a single taut moored floating wave energy converter due to focussed wave groups' OCEAN ENGINEERING 96, 258-271 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Raby AC, Bullock GN, Banfi D, Rafiq Y & Cali F 2015 'Wave loading on rock lighthouses' Maritime Engineering , DOI PEARL
Orszaghova J, Taylor PHT, Borthwick AGL & Raby AC 2014 'Importance of second-order wave generation for focused wave group run-up and overtopping' Coastal Engineering (94) 63-79 , DOI
Westphalen J, Greaves DM, Raby AC, Hu ZZ, Causon DM, Mingham CG, Omvidar P, Stansby PK & Rogers BD 2014 'Investigation of Wave-Structure Interaction Using State of the Art CFD Techniques' Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics (4) 18-43 Publisher Site , DOI
Goda K, Pomonis A, Chian SC, Offord M, Saito K, Sammonds P, Fraser S, Raby AC & Macabuag J 2013 'Ground motion characteristics and shaking damage of the 11th March 2011 M w9.0 Great East Japan earthquake' Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 11, (1) 141-170 , DOI
Ransley E, Hann M, Greaves D, Raby AC & Simmonds D 2013 'Numerical and physical modeling of extreme waves at Wave Hub' Journal of Coastal Research (65) 1645-1650
Fraser S, Raby AC, Pomonis A, Goda K, Chian SC, Macabuag J, Offord M, Saito K & Sammonds P 2013 'Tsunami damage to coastal defences and buildings in the March 11th 2011 Mw9.0 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami' Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 11, (1) 205-239 , DOI
Westphalen J, Greaves D, Williams CJK, Hunt-Raby AC & Zang J 2012 'Focused waves and wave-structure interaction in a numerical wave tank' Cocean Engineering 45, 9-21 , DOI
Hunt-Raby AC, Borthwick AGL, Stansby PK & Taylor PH 2011 'Experimental measurement of focused wave group and solitary wave overtopping' JOURNAL OF HYDRAULIC RESEARCH 49, (4) 450-464 Author Site , DOI
Zhang Y, Zou Q, Greaves D, Reeve D, Hunt-Raby A, Graham D, James P & Lv X 2010 'A Level Set Immersed Boundary Method for Water Entry and Exit' COMMUNICATIONS IN COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS 8, (2) 265-288 , DOI
Bredmose H, Hunt-Raby A, Jayaratne R & Bullock GN 2010 'The ideal flip-through impact: Experimental and Numerical investigation' Journal of Engineering Mathematics 67, (1-2) 115-136 , DOI
Borthwick AGL, Hunt AC, Feng T, Taylor PH & Stansby PK 2006 'Flow kinematics of focused wave groups on a plane beach in the U.K. Coastal Research Facility' Coastal Engineering 53, (12) 1033-1044
Borthwick AGL, Hunt AC, Feng T, Taylor PH & Stansby PK 2006 'Flow kinematics of focused wave groups on a plane beach in the UK Coastal Research Facility' Coastal Engineering 53, (12) 1033-1044
Whitfield GR, Bentley RW, Weatherby CK, Hunt AC, Mohring H-D, Klotz FH, Keuber P, Miñano JC & Alarte-Garvi E 1999 'The development and testing of small concentrating PV systems' Solar Energy 67, (1-3) 23-34 , DOI
Conference Papers
Hu ZZ, Mai T, Greaves D & Raby A 2016 'A numerical and experimental study of a simplified FPSO in extreme free surface waves' 1103-1109
Whittaker CN, Fitzgerald CJ, Taylor PH & Raby AC 2015 'Extreme Wave Runup in a Coastal Zone: Experimental and Numerical Modelling' 754-762 , DOI
Jane R, Simmonds D, Simm J, Gouldby B, Raby A & Valle LD 2015 'Improving the Representation of the Fragility of Coastal Structures' 518-528 , DOI
Mai T, Hu ZZ, Greaves D & Raby A 2015 'Investigation of hydroelasticity: Wave impact on a truncated vertical wall' 647-654
Ma QW, Yan S, Greaves D, Mai T & Raby A 2015 'Numerical and experimental studies of Interaction between FPSO and focusing waves' 655-662
Ma ZH, Qian L, Causon DM, Mingham CG, Mai T, Greaves D & Raby A 2015 'The role of fluid compressibility in predicting slamming loads during water entry of flat plates' 642-646
Raby A, Banfi D & Simmonds D 2015 'Wave Impacts on Rock Lighthouses' 385-391 , DOI
Whittaker C & Raby AC 2014 'Lagrangian and Eulerian measurements of focused wave groups' 5th International Conference on The Application of Physical Modelling to Port and Coastal Protection Varna 29/09/2014 02/10/2014
Hu ZZ, Greaves DM & Raby A 2014 'Simulation of Extreme Free Surface Waves Using OpenFOAM' Coastlab 2014 Varna, Bulgaria 29/09/2014 02/10/2014
Mai T, Greaves DM & Raby A 2014 'Aeration effects on impact: Drop test of a flat plate' ISOPE 2014 Busan, Korea 15/06/2014 20/06/2014
Mai T, Greaves D & Raby A 2014 'Aeration Effects on Impact: Drop Test of a Flat Plate' The Twenty-fourth International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference (ISOPE2014) Busan, Korea 15/06/2014 20/06/2014 International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers 703-709 Publisher Site PEARL
Hann M, Greaves DM & Raby A 2014 'A new set of focused wave linear combinations to extract non-linear wave harmonics' 29th Intl Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies Osaka, Japan 30/03/2014 02/04/2014
Hann M, Greaves D & Raby AC 2014 'A new set of focused wave linear combinations to extract non-linear wave harmonics' International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies Osaka 30/03/2014 02/04/2014
Ransley E, Hann M, Greaves D, RABY A & Simmonds D 2013 'Numerical and physical modelling of extreme wave impacts on a stationary truncated circular cylinder' Proceedings of the 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) Aalborg 02/09/2013 06/09/2013
Ransley EJ, Hann M, Greaves D, Raby A & Simmonds D 2013 'Numerical and physical modelling of extreme waves at Wave Hub' in Proceedings of the 12th International Coastal Symposium 08/04/2013 12/04/2013
Goda K, Chian SC, Fraser S, Macabuag J, Offord M, Pomonis A, Saito K, Raby AC & Sammonds P 2012 'EEFIT Field Observations and Lessons from the 11th March 2011 Mw9.0 Tohoku Earthquake: Ground Motion and Shaking Damage' 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Lisbon, Portugal 24/09/2012 28/09/2012
Chian SC, Pomonis A, Saito K, Fraser S, Raby AC, Goga K, Sammonds P, Offord M & Macabuag J 2012 'GEOTECHNICAL OBSERVATIONS FROM THE 2011 TOHOKU EARTHQUAKE IN THE TOHOKU REGION' International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering Aswan, Egypt 23/01/2012 25/01/2012
Zhang Y, Zou Q, Greaves DM, Reeve D, Hunt-Raby AC, Graham D & James P 2010 'An Investigation of the Hydrodynamic Characteristics of an Oscillating Water Column Device Using a Level Set Immersed Boundary Model' 20th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference Beijing 20/06/2010 25/06/2010
Lamberti A, Martinelli L, Guerrero M, Gaeta G, Allsop W, Alderson J, Tirindelli M, Shepsis V, Hunt-Raby A & Sellar B 2010 'Large-scale measurements of extreme wave loadings on exposed jetties' HYDRALAB III Joint User Meeting Hannover 01/02/2010
Hunt-Raby AC, Othman I, Jayaratne R, Bullock G & Bredmose H 2010 'Effect of protruding roughness elements on wave overtopping' Institution of Civil Engineers: Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters Edinburgh 01/09/2009 Thomas Telford 574-586
Westphalen J, Greaves DM, Hunt-Raby A, Williams CJK, Stansby PK & Stallard T 2010 'Numerical simulation of a floating body in multible degrees of freedom' 81-88
Hunt A, Jayaratne R, Bullock G & Bredmose H 2008 'Individual Violent Overtopping Events: New Insights' 31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering Hamburg, Germany
Bredmose H, Peregrine DH & Hunt A 2007 'Wave height? A study of the impact of wave groups on a coastal structure' 22nd International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies Croatia
Weston BP, Borthwick AGL, Taylor PH, Hunt AC & Stansby PK 2006 'The performance of a hybrid boussinesq model on wave runup and overtopping predictions for coastal structures' 279-289
Hunt 2006 'Water wave impacts on walls and the role of air' COASTAL ENGINEERING 2006 Proceedings of the 30th International Conference Volume 5 Editor J M SMith 4494-4506 , DOI
Peregrine DH, Bredmose H, Bullock G, Hunt AC, Obrhai C, Muller G & Wolters G 2006 'Water wave impacts on walls and the role of air' 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering San Diego
Weston BP, Taylor PH, Borthwick AGL, Hunt AC & Stansby PK 2005 'Boussinesq modelling of wavegroup propagation over a shallow shoal and the release of second order and higher harmonics' 1277-1289
Taylor PH, Walker DAG, Eatock-Taylor R & Hunt AC 2005 'On the estimation of directional spreading from a single wave staff' 5th International Symposium on Waves Madrid
Weston B, Taylor PH, Borthwick AGL & Hunt AC 2004 'Boussinesq modelling of wave group propagation over a shallow shoal and the release of 2nd and higher order harmonic components' 29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering Lisbon World Scientific
Hunt A, Taylor PH, Borthwick AGL, Stansby PK & Feng T 2004 'Phase inversion and the identification of harmonic structure in coastal engineering experiments' 29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering Lisbon 1047-1059
Weston B, Taylor P, Borthwick AGL & Hunt A 2003 'Boussinesq Model of Focused Wave Groups' International Symposium on Shallow Flow Delft
Hunt A, Taylor P, Borthwick A, Stansby P & Feng T 2003 'Kinematics of a focused wave group on a plane beach: Physical modelling in the UK coastal research facility' 740-750
Hunt A, Taylor PH, Borthwick AGL, Stansby PK & Feng T 2003 'Kinematics of Focused Waves on a Plane Beach in the U.K. Coastal Research Facility' Coastal Structures Portland, Oregon
Greaves DM 0 'An investigation of the hydrodynamic characteristics of an oscillating water column device using a level set immersed boundary model' Zhang Y; Zou QP; Reeve D; Hunt-Raby A; Graham D; James P ISOPE 2010 Beijing, China 20/06/2010 26/06/2010
Greaves DM 0 'Numerical Simulation of Wave Energy Converters using Eulerian and Lagrangian CFD Methods' Westphalen J; Hunt-Raby A; Williams C; Taylor P; Hu ZZ; Omidvar P; Causon D; Mingham C; Stansby P; Rogers B ISOPE 2010 Beijing, China 20/06/2010 26/06/2010