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Dr Sam Weller

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Sam’s research is focused on the development of economical, reliable and low environmental impact mooring and foundation systems for marine renewable energy (MRE) devices.

He is currently working on a collaborative European project which is investigating the performance of a floating Oscillating Water Column located in the Bay of Biscay (OPERA). Previously he was involved in the development of an integrated mooring and foundation design tool for large scale array deployments of MRE devices, as part of the  DTOcean project. One particular area of interest is the application of synthetic mooring lines for MRE devices. Investigations into rope performance and durability have been conducted at the University of Exeter (using the Dynamic Marine Component (DMaC) facility and South West Mooring Test Facility (SWMTF)) and at L'Institut Français de Recherche pour L'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER) under the MERiFIC (Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities) consortium as well as several MARINET projects. The SynMaRE project, funded by EPSRC (via Supergen Marine/Wave Energy Scotland), is focused on modelling the complex behaviour of synthetic ropes.

In addition to materials testing and analysis, Sam has also been involved in wave basin testing of small-scale MRE device models at IFREMER and the University of Manchester. At the University of Manchester he carried out PhD research into wave energy converter (WEC) arrays, addressing two areas which are crucial to the commercial deployment of WECs; performance of multiple devices in operating wave conditions and survivability in extreme sea-states. In addition Sam has also been involved in the development and validation of numerical WEC and floating wind turbine models at the University of Exeter and at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN).

Sam obtained a Masters degree (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Swansea and is a Whitworth Scholar and Whitworth Senior Scholar.

  • EPSRC (via Supergen Marine/Wave Energy Scotland) SynMaRE project (2018-2019)
  • EPSRC PhD+ funding (2010-2011)
  • Whitworth Senior Scholarship (2008-2010)
  • Whitworth Scholarship (2003-2007)