Professor Deborah Greaves
Profiles

Professor Deborah Greaves

Head of School

School of Engineering (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Role

Interim Head of the School of Engineering

Director of the COAST Laboratory
Member of the COAST Engineering Research Group
Member of the Centre for Coastal and Ocean Science and Engineering
Member of the Centre for Advanced Engineering Systems and Interactions
Lead UoP Academic for PRIMaRE

Qualifications

DPhil,University of Oxford 1995

BEng Hons, Civil Engineering,   University of Bristol 1988


DeborahGreaves is Head of the School of Engineering, Professor of Ocean Engineeringand Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory atthe University of Plymouth, she is Board Member and Inaugural Chair for PRIMaRE(the Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy, www.primare.org).  From 2000 until February 2008, she was alecturer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at theUniversity of Bath and held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship forsix years.  Before that, she was alecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL for five yearsafter completing her DPhil at Oxford University, and prior to that shegraduated in Civil Engineering from Bristol University and worked as a civilengineer for four years. 

 

Her research interests include marine renewableenergy, physical and numerical modelling of violent free surface flow and wave-structureinteraction.  She is and has beeninvolved with a number of research projects concerning marine renewable energyfunded by EPSRC, GWR, EU Interreg, IEE, H2020, SWRDA, InnovateUK incollaboration with industrial and academic partners and is the new OffshoreRenewable Energy (ORE) Supergen Leader (2017).  She recently led the 10 partner EU project SOWFIA on wave energy impactassessment, the 5 partner EP/J012866/1 and is leading 6 partner EP/M022382/1Collaborative Computational Project on Wave Structure Interaction (CCP-WSI), isChair of the CCP-WSI and member of the CCP Steering Panel. She leadsEP/N008847/1 A Zonal CFD Approach for Fully Nonlinear Simulations of TwoVessels in Launch and Recovery Operations and EP/K012177/1 on the hydrodynamicsof deformable flexible fabric structures. She also leads PU’s involvement withEU MARINET2 (and previously with MARINET), EU WETFEET, EU HYDRALAB Plus, UKCMERand on previous projects EP/J010235/1 on extreme loading in marine renewables.She has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, has secured £9.3 millionresearch income, is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of CivilEngineers, a Member of RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects), a Fellowof the Women’s Engineering Society, the Leadership Foundation and of the RoyalSociety of Arts, a member of the RCUK Energy Programme’s Scientific AdvisoryCommittee (2016 – present), a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of ICE’sinternational journal Engineering and Computational Mechanics, a member of theeditorial board for the International Journal for Marine Energy, a member ofthe technical committee for EWTEC (European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference),a member of the South West Marine Energy Park Board, a member of the Society ofMaritime Industries’ ABOI Council, member of the Plymouth Employability SkillsBoard, a member of the Peer-review College of the EPSRC, a Member of the NERCPool of Technologies Reviewers, a reviewer for several journals, reviewer forinternational funding bodies (Singapore Agency for Science, Technology &Research (A*STAR), Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC), German Academic Exchange Service), UppsalaUniversity,  is editing a Wiley book onWave and Tidal Energy  and wasshortlisted for the 2014 WISE Research Award.

 

Deborah Greaves is Director and led the development of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory, which represents a major enhancement in UK capability.  It was opened in October 2012 and was part-funded by ERDF funding through the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), Department of Business, Innovation and Skills(BIS), Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in partnership with the University of Plymouth.  The facility was designed to provide a unique capability for research and testing of wave and tidal Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) devices, at scales suitable for single device or array testing, as well as for offshore engineering, coastal engineering and environmental impact modelling.  The facilities are nationally and internationally leading in their capability and comprise:

  •  An ocean wave basin, 35 m long x 15.5 m wide x 3 m deep which is operable at different depths of water via a moving floor and which incorporates 24 flap wave-makers with the additional capability of a recirculating current both in-line with, and transverse to the waves
  • A coastal basin, 15 m long x 10 m wide x 0.5 m deep, that has moveable modular piston wave-makers and a recirculating current
  • A glass-sided sediment wave flume, 35 m long x 0.6 m wide x 0.8 m deep
  • A glass-sided tilting wave flume, 20 m long x 0.6 m wide x 0.8 m deep.

Professional membership

Chartered Engineer
Member of RINA (the Royal Institution of Naval Architects)
Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Research interests

Her research interests include marine renewable energy, physical and numerical modelling of violent free surface flow and fluid-structure interaction. She is involved with a number of research projects concerning marine renewable energy funded by EPSRC, GWR, EU Interreg, IEE, FP7, SWRDA, TSB in collaboration industrial and academic partners. She recently coordinated a 2 million euro EU project SOWFIA, streamlining of offshore wave farms impact assessment, bringing together proposed wave energy test sites in the UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Portugal and Sweden. She is lead PI on EPSRC Research Grant EP/J012866/1 (FROTH: Fundamentals and Reliability of Offshore Structure Hydrodynamics), EPSRC EP/K012177/1, The hydrodynamics of deformable flexible fabric structures for wave energy conversion, and partner on EP/J010235/1 (X-MED: EXtreme Loading of Marine Energy Devices due to Waves, Current, Flotsam and Mammal Impact), on EU FP7 Project MARINET, on Interreg Project MERIFIC, and an associate Partner of UKCMER SuperGen Marine III.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Vyzikas T, Stagonas D, Buldakov E & Greaves D 2018 'The evolution of free and bound waves during dispersive focusing in a numerical and physical flume' Coastal Engineering 132, 95-109 , DOI
Hann M, Greaves D, Raby A & Howey B 2018 'Use of constrained focused waves to measure extreme loading of a taut moored floating wave energy converter' Ocean Engineering 148, 33-42 , DOI
Hu Z, Mai T, Greaves D & Raby A 2017 'Investigations of Offshore breaking Wave Impacts on a large offshore Structure' Journal of Fluids and Structures , DOI PEARL
Tan Loh T, Pizer D, Simmonds D, Kyte A & Greaves D 2017 'Simulation and analysis of wave-structure interactions for a semi-immersed horizontal cylinder' Ocean Engineering , 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
Collins KM, Meng M, Le HR, Greaves D & Bellamy NW 2017 'Modelling of the buckling of a diaphragm–spine structure for a wave energy converter' Materials & Design 119, 159-170 , DOI PEARL
Kurniawan A, Chaplin J, Hann M, Greaves DM & Farley F 2017 'Wave energy absorption by a submerged air bag connected to a rigid float' Proceedings of the Royal Society A , DOI PEARL
Vyzikas T, Deshoulières S, Barton M, Giroux O, Greaves D & Simmonds D 2017 'Experimental investigation of different geometries of fixed oscillating water column devices' Renewable Energy 104, 248-258 , DOI PEARL
Vyzikas T, Deshoulières S, Giroux O, Barton M & Greaves D 2017 'Numerical study of fixed Oscillating Water Column with RANS-type two-phase CFD model' Renewable Energy 102, 294-305 , DOI PEARL
Kurniawan A, Chaplin JR, Greaves DM & Hann M 2017 'Wave energy absorption by a floating air bag' Journal of Fluid Mechanics 812, 294-320 , DOI PEARL
Allen J, Sampanis K, Wan J, Greaves D, Miles J & Iglesias G 2016 'Laboratory Tests in the Development of WaveCat' Sustainability 8, (12) 1339-1339 , 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
Hu ZZ, Greaves DM & Raby A 2016 'Numerical wave tank study of extreme waves and wave-structure interaction using OpenFoam®' Ocean Engineering , DOI PEARL
Brown SA, Greaves DM, Magar V & Conley DC 2016 'Evaluation of turbulence closure models under spilling and plunging breakers in the surf zone' Coastal Engineering 114, 117-193 , DOI PEARL
Greaves D, Conley D, Magagna D, Aires E, Chambel Leitão J, Witt M, Embling CB, Godley BJ, Bicknell AWJ & Saulnier J-B 2016 'Environmental Impact Assessment: Gathering experiences from wave energy test centres in Europe' International Journal of Marine Energy 14, 68-79 , DOI PEARL
O’Hagan AM, Huertas C, O’Callaghan J & Greaves D 2016 'Wave energy in Europe: Views on experiences and progress to date' International Journal of Marine Energy 14, 180-197 , 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
Kurniawan A & Greaves D 2016 'Wave power absorption by a submerged balloon fixed to the sea bed' IET Renewable Power Generation , DOI PEARL
Lopez G, Conley DC & Greaves D 2016 'Calibration, Validation, and Analysis of an Empirical Algorithm for the Retrieval of Wave Spectra from HF Radar Sea Echo' Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 33, (2) 245-261 , 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
Le HR, Collins KM, Greaves DM & Bellamy NW 2015 'Mechanics and Materials in the Design of a Buckling Diaphragm Wave Energy Converter' Materials & Design 79, 86-93 , DOI PEARL
Goteman M, Engstrom J, Eriksson M, Leijon M, Hann M, Ransley EJ & Greaves DM 2015 'Wave loads on a point-absorbing wave energy device in extreme waves' Journal of Ocean and Wind Energy 2, 176-181 , 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
Abanades J, Greaves D & Iglesias G 2015 'Wave farm impact on beach modal state' MARINE GEOLOGY 361, 126-135 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Pérez-Collazo C, Greaves D & Iglesias G 2015 'A review of combined wave and offshore wind energy' Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 42, 141-153 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Iglesias G, Carballo R, Abanades J & Greaves D 2015 'WAVE FARM LAYOUT AND COASTAL IMPACTS' Coastal Engineering Proceedings 1, (34) 36-36 , DOI
Abanades J, Greaves D & Iglesias G 2015 'Coastal defence using wave farms: The role of farm-to-coast distance' Renewable Energy 75, 572-582 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Simas T, O’Hagan AM, O’Callaghan J, Hamawi S, Magagna D, Bailey I, Greaves DM, Saulnier J-B, Marina D & Bald J 2015 'Review of consenting processes for ocean energy in selected European Union Member States' International Journal for Marine Energy 9, 41-59 PEARL
Kurniawan A, Greaves D & Chaplin J 2014 'Wave energy devices with compressible volumes' Proceedings of the Royal Society A 470, (2172) , DOI PEARL
Leeney RH, Greaves DM, Conley D & O'Hagan AM 2014 'Environmental Impact Assessments for wave energy developments – Learning from existing activities and informing future research' Ocean & Coastal Management , DOI PEARL
Stokes C, Beaumont EF, Russell P & Greaves D 2014 'Anticipated Coastal Impacts: What coastal water-users think of marine renewables and why' Ocean and Coastal Management
Stokes C, Beaumont E, Russell P & Greaves D 2014 'Coastal impacts of marine renewables: perception of breaker characteristics by beach water users' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 389-394 Author Site , DOI
Westphalen J, Greaves DM, Raby A, Hu ZZ, Causon DM, Mingham CG, Omidvar 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 , DOI
Roc T, Greaves DM, Thyng KM & Conley D 2014 'Tidal Turbine Representation in an Ocean Circulation Model: Towards Realistic Applications' Ocean Engineering , DOI
Abanades J, Greaves D & Iglesias G 2014 'Coastal defence through wave farms' Coastal Engineering 91, 299-307 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Toffoli A, Waseda T, Houtani H, Cavaleri L, Greaves DM & Onorato M 2014 'Rogue waves in opposite currents: an experimental study on deterministic and stochastic wave trains' Journal of Fluid Mechanics 769, 277-297 PEARL
Abanades J, Greaves D & Iglesias G 2014 'Wave farm impact on the beach profile: A case study' Coastal Engineering 86, 36-44 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Stokes C, Russell P, Conley D, Beaumont E & Greaves D 2013 'Exploring Monthly To Seasonal Beach Morphodynamics Using Empirical Orthogonal Functions' Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 65, 1868-1873 , DOI
Jackson J, Brooks M, Greaves D & Alexander A 2013 'A review and comparative study of innovation policy and knowledge transfer: An Anglo-French perspective' INNOVATION-MANAGEMENT POLICY & PRACTICE 15, (2) 130-148 Author Site , DOI
Ransley EJ, Hann M, Greaves D, Raby AC & Simmonds D 2013 'Numerical and physical modelling of extreme waves at Wave Hub' Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 65, 1645-1650 , DOI
Roc T, Conley DC & Greaves D 2013 'Methodology for tidal turbine representation in ocean circulation model' Renewable Energy 51, (0) 448-464 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Horrillo-Caraballo JM, Reeve DE, Simmonds D, Pan S, Fox A, Thompson R, Hoggart S, Kwan SSH & Greaves D 2013 'Application of a source-pathway-receptor-consequence (S-P-R-C) methodology to the Teign Estuary, UK' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 1939-1944 Author Site , DOI
Jackson J, Brooks M, Greaves D & Alexander A 2012 'A review and comparative study of innovation policy and knowledge transfer: An Anglo-French perspective' Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice 2713-2748 , DOI
Zhang Y, Zou Q & Greaves DM 2012 'Air-water two-phase flow modelling of hydrodynamic performance of an oscillating water column device' Renewable Energy 41, 159-170 , DOI
Westphalen J, Greaves DM, Williams CJK, Hunt-Raby AC & Zang J 2012 'Focused waves and wave-structure interaction in a numerical wave tank' Ocean Engineering 45, 9-21 , DOI
Zhang Y, Zou Q & Greeves D 2010 'Numerical simulation of free-surface flow using the level-set method with global mass correction' International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 63, (6) 651-680 , 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
Greaves DM, Smith G, Attrill M, Belmont M, Chadwick A, Conley D, Eccleston A, Godley B, Harrington N & Hor CL 2009 'Development of Marine Renewable Energy – research, design, installation' Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Maritime Engineering, Special Issue on Offshore Renewable Energy 162, (MA4) 187-196
Silva Santos CM & Greaves DM 2007 'A mixed Lagrangian–Eulerian method for non-linear free surface flows using multigrid on hierarchical Cartesian grids' Computers & Fluids 36, (5) 914-923 , DOI
Matthews LA, Greaves DM & Williams CJK 2007 'Numerical simulation of viscous flow interaction with an elastic membrane' International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 57, 1577 - 1602-1577 - 1602
Fisher, A., Greaves, D., Hudson, R., Matthews & L. and Williams C.J.K. 2007 'Structural engineers and non-structural software' The Structural Engineer 85, (13) 30 - 33-30 - 33
Greaves DM 2007 'Viscous waves and wave-structure interaction in a tank using adapting quadtree grids' Journal of Fluids and Structures 23, (8) 1149 - 1167-1149 - 1167
Silva Santos CM & Greaves DM 2006 'A mixed Lagrangian-Eulerian method for non-linear free-surface flows' International Journal of Computers and Fluids 36, 914-923-914-923
Greaves DM 2006 'Simulation of viscous water column collapse using adapting hierarchical grids' International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 50, 693-711-693-711
Silva Santos CM & Greaves DM 2006 'Using hierarchical Cartesian grids with multigrid acceleration' International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 69, (8) 1755-1774-1755-1774
Greaves D 2004 'Simulation of interface and free surface flows in a viscous fluid using adapting quadtree grids' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS 44, (10) 1093-1117 Author Site , DOI
Greaves D 2004 'A quadtree adaptive method for simulating fluid flows with moving interfaces' JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS 194, (1) 35-56 Author Site , DOI
Hu ZZ, Greaves DM & Wu GX 2002 'Numerical simulation of fluid flows using an unstructured finite volume method with adaptive tri-tree grids' International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 39, 403-440-403-440
Wu GX, Eatock Taylor R & Greaves DM 2001 'Viscous effect on the transient free surface flow in a two dimensional tank' Journal of Engineering Mathematics 40, 77-90-77-90
Greaves DM & Borthwick AGL 1999 'Hierarchical tree-based finite element mesh generation' International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 45, 447-471-447-471
Greaves DM & Borthwick AGL 1998 'On the use of adaptive hierarchical meshes for numerical simulation of separated flows' International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 26, 303-322-303-322 , DOI
Greaves DM, Borthwick AGL, Wu GX & Eatock Taylor R 1997 'A moving boundary finite element method for fully non-linear wave simulations' Journal of Ship Research 41, 181-194-181-194
Yiu KFC, Greaves DM, Cruz S, Saalehi A & Borthwick AGL 1995 'Quadtree grid generation: information handling, boundary fitting and CFD applications' International Journal of Computers and Fluids 25, (8) 759-769-759-769 , DOI
Chapters
Greaves DM 2009 'Application of the Finite Volume Method to the simulation of nonlinear water waves' in Ma Q Advances in Numerical Simulation of Nonlinear Water Waves The world Scientific Publishing Co
Reports
Collins KM, greaves D, Hann M, Howey B, Iglesias rodriguez G & Harnois V 2016 D6.1 - Analysis of different potential configurations of non-rigid Inter-moored devices. Publisher Site
Greaves D, Perez-Collazo C, Magagna D, Conley D, Bailey I, Simas T, Holmes B, O'Hagan AM, O'Callagahn J & Torre Encirso Y 2013 Enabling Wave Power: Streamlining processes for progress. Enabling Wave Power: Streamlining processes for progress Plymouth Streamlining of Ocean Wave Farms Impact Assessment (SOWFIA) Project Publisher Site PEARL
Patents
2016 Wave energy capture device. WO 2016/185189 A1