Dr Vivek Francis
ORE Dual-Energy Platform Research Fellow
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Vivek is a Research Fellow in Offshore Renewable Energy Hydrodynamics within the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth. He works on the AEON - Development of the next-generation floating hybrid energy platform for island communities project. His research investigates the viability of coupling solar panels along with wave energy converter systems.
Vivek has a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from University College London (UCL). Whilst at UCL, he developed an interest in surface gravity waves and wave-structure interaction (WSI) problems. Nurturing these interests, he started on his PhD at the IITB-Monash Research Academy. His doctoral dissertation, titled 'Hydrodynamic Characteristics of Thin Porous Barriers', was supervised by Prof. Balaji Ramakrishnan from IIT Bombay and Prof. Murray Rudman from Monash University, and was completed in 2021.
MSc, University College London, 2012, Mechanical Engineering
PhD, IITB-Monash Research Academy, 2021, 'Hydrodynamic Characteristics of Thin Porous Barriers'
Coastal Engineering, Offshore Renewable Energy, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Wave-Structure Interaction, Physical & Numerical Modelling
Francis, V., Rudman, M., Ramakrishnan, B., Loh, S., & Valizadeh, A. (2023). Solitary wave interaction with upright thin porous barriers. Ocean Engineering, 268, 113394. doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2022.113394
Francis, V., Ramakrishnan, B., & Rudman, M. (2020). Experimental Investigation on Solitary Wave Interaction With Vertical Porous Barriers. Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, 142(4). doi:10.1115/1.4046194
Francis, V., Ramakrishnan, B., Rudman, M., & Valizadeh, A. (2020). Generating stable solitary waves with a piston-type wavemaker. Coastal Engineering, 157, 103633. doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2020.103633
Francis, V., Ramakrishnan, B., & Rudman, M. (2019). Solitary Wave Interaction With Vertical Porous Barriers. In Volume 7A: Ocean Engineering. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi:10.1115/omae2019-95194
Valizadeh, A., Rafiee, A., Francis, V., Rudman, M., & Ramakrishnan, B. (2018). An analysis of perforated plate breakwaters. In ISOPE-I-18-654.