Dr Keri Collins

Dr Keri Collins

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

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

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Admissions tutor (Mechanical Engineering)


Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), 2020
PGCAP600, General Teaching Associates Course, 2014, University of Plymouth
PhD in Mechanical Engineering: The Effects of Asymmetry on Oscillatory Propulsion, 2012, University of Bath
MEng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering with French, 2004, University of Bath

Teaching interests

From 2020 (revised programmes)

ENGR101 - Engineering Design (Lecturer)
ENGR102 - Engineering Practice and Experimental Techniques (Lecturer)
MARN339 - Marine Engineering (Lecturer and module leader)
MARN526 - Introduction to marine renewable energy (interim lecturer)
PRME307 - Engineering Honours project (project supervisor and interim lecturer)

2018/2019 & 2019/2020

MECH121 - Team Engineering (Lecturer and module leader)
MARN339 - Marine Engineering (Lecturer and module leader)
MARN526 - Introduction to marine renewable energy (Interim lecturer)

Supervision of project students for MEng Civil and Coastal Engineering and BEng and BSc Mechanical Engineering (and associated pathways)

Previous years

Lecturing on:
MECH230 - Engineering science 2

Laboratory sessions and coursework marking:
MAR528(MAR504) - Mechanics of MRE structures
MARN203(MARN201) - Stability and hydrodynamics

Tutoring/supervising and marking DSGN313 - Engineering Design and computational methods

Available for MATLAB tutoring

Research interests

Keywords: Hydrodynamics, underwater propulsion/movement, bio-inspired design, flexible structures.

My research has taken me down the path of physical modelling for experimentation, particularly with marine renewable energy devices, and I enjoy the engineering aspects of creating scale models for research applications. Recentlly, I have started looking into how choices made during model creation of scaled mooring lines can have an effect on experimental results and I am keen to supervise student projects in this area.

I am currently involved in the PORTOS project and have previously done work for the Marine-i project.

Other research

From 2015 to 2018, I was principally involved in the WETFEET project. This was a Horizon 2020-funded project to accelerate wave energy by considering four key "breakthroughs". the Plymouth part of the work was the creation and subsequent testing of two arrays of oscillating water columns. My involvement spanned model design and build, experimentation, data analysis and programming, daily budget management, wider project management, co-supervision of a PhD student and reporting.

I have reviewed journal articles and conference papers for Energies, Energy, EWTEC, Intl J Green Energy, ISOPE and JMarSci.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Ben Howey, A Physical and Numerical Study of an Interconnected Wave Energy Array, 2020, PhD

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Gomes RPF, Gato LMC, Henriques JCC, Portillo JCC, Howey BD, Collins KM, Hann MR & Greaves DM 2020 'Compact floating wave energy converter arrays: Mooring loads and survivability through scale physical modelling' Applied Energy , DOI Open access
Portillo JCC, Collins KM, Gomes RPF, Henriques JCC, Gato LMC, Howey BD, Hann MR, Greaves DM & Falcão AFO 2020 'Wave energy converter physical model design and testing: The case of floating oscillating-water-columns' Applied Energy 278, 115638-115638 , DOI Open access
Collins KM, Stripling S, Simmonds D & Greaves D 2018 'Quantitative metrics for evaluation of wave fields in basins' Ocean Engineering 169, 300-314 , DOI Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
Rapid communications
Toffoli A, Waseda T, Houtani H, Kinoshita T, Collins KM, Proment D & Onorato M 2013 'Excitation of rogue waves in a variable medium: An experimental study on the interaction of water waves and currents' Physical Review E 5, (87) , DOI
Conference Papers
Ye Q, Cheng S, Kim B, Collins KM & Iglesias G 2019 'Structure Design and Assessment of a Floating Foundation for Offshore Wind Turbines' 2nd International Offshore Wind Technical Conference , DOI Open access
Wang D, Conley D, Hann M, Collins KM & Greaves D 2019 'Use of HF radar for replciating wave-current combined wave conditions for testing of wave energy converters' 13th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 9-/-0/20199-/-0/2019Open access
Candido J, Sarmento A, Gardner FE, Gato LM, Fontana M & Collins KM 2019 'The WETFEET project - A disruptive approach to wave energy' 13th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 9-/-0/20199-/-0/2019Open access
Howey B, Iglesias G, Collins KM, Hann M, Greaves D, Gomes R & Henriques JCC 2019 'Wave energy converter arrays: Motion response of inter-connected array' 625-632 Open access
Collins KM, Howey B, Vicente P, Gomes R, Harnois V, Hann M, Iglesias Rodriguez J & Greaves DM 2017 'A Physical Mooring Comparison for a Floating OWC' 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Cork, Ireland 8-/-0/20178-/-0/2017Open access
Ransley E, Brown SA, Howey B, Collins K & Greaves D 2017 'Numerical Modelling of a Floating OWC-WEC Using CFD' 4th PRIMaRE Conference Southampton 7-/-0/20177-/-0/2017Open access
Collins KM, Hann M, Iglesias Rodriguez G, Greaves DM, Vicente P & Harnois V 2016 'Breakthroughs in WEC arrays Shared moorings and cablings in the WETFEET project' International Conference on Ocean Energy Open access
Collins K, Iglesias G, Stripling S, Toffoli A & Greaves DM 2013 'The new COAST laboratory at Plymouth University: A world-class facility for marine energy' ICE Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013: From Sea to Shore - Meeting the Challenges of the Sea Edinburgh, UK 9-/-0/20139-/-0/2013Open access
Collins KM, Brown JC, Ladd RR, Chambers LD, Bowyer A & Megill WM 2011 'Variable stroke timing of rubber fins' duty cycle improves force' 2011 15th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2011) 6-/-0/20116-/-0/2011IEEE , DOI
Brown J, Chambers L, Collins KM, Akanyeti O, Visentin F, Ladd R, Fiorini P & Megill W 2011 'The Interaction between Vortices and a Biomimetic Flexible Fin' Springer Berlin Heidelberg 418-419 , DOI
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
Collins KM & Dai YM 2014 Possible power production for a WITT device deployed on a ship.
Collins KM & Dai YM 2013 Ship motion characteristics. WITT consortium
Collins KM, Arber P, Greaves D, Hann M, Iglesias G, Simmonds D, Stripling S & Toffoli A Collins KM, Arber P, Greaves D, Hann M, Iglesias G, Simmonds D, Stripling S & Toffoli A 'Facilitating coastal and ocean research in the laboratory' Open access
Collins KM, David-West O, Le H & Greaves DG Collins KM, David-West O, Le H & Greaves DG 'From Concept to Laboratory Testing: the Development Cycle of a Novel Wave Energy Converter' Open access

Conferences organised

Currently helping to organise EWTEC2021 to be hosted in Plymouth September 2021.

On the organising committee for Women in STEM - A celebration of research excellence, March 2015 https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/women-in-stem

Other academic activities

Founder member and project manager for the human-powered submarine project: PULSE (Plymouth University Leg-powered Submarine Engineering).
At the eISR 2014, our submarine, Mayflower, came 3rd overall and became the fastest human-powered submarine built by any UK team. We also won the prize for Reliability. In 2015, we went to the USA to compete but sadly we couldn't repeat our success.
We welcome members from any discipline who wish to get involved.

Additional information

I have been lucky enough to give science-based talks to the general public at festivals around the UK:
2017, Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall: Invited talk on wave energy and the WETFEET project
2012, Secret Garden Party, Cambs: As part of Guerilla Science gave a talk about biomimetics, fish swimming research and human-powered submarines
2011, Bestival, IoW: As part of Guerilla Science gave a talk about biomimetics, fish swimming research and human-powered submarines

Member of the RINA/IMarEST young members' group for Devon and Cornwall
STEM ambassador
SoE Fire Marshal
SoE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee member
SoE Marketing and Recruitment comittee member

Faculty Strategy group member
Personal tutor

Placement tutor

Admissions tutor