Background

Dr Luofeng Huang is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Mechanical Engineering. Being the Module Leader of (a) Engineering Stress Analysis, and (b) Structural Integrity, he teaches Advanced Mechanical Engineering, Renewable Energies and Offshore Engineering.

The research interests of Dr Huang spread across energies, structures, fluids and their interactions, especially for offshore applications. His work has been constantly published by flagship journals of the offshore field, such as Ocean Engineering, Marine Structures, Coastal Engineering and Applied Ocean Research. In particular, he has published in the Top 1 Journal of the general Civil Engineering field (Impact Factor 11.8): Design of the submerged horizontal plate breakwater using a fully coupled hydroelastic approach. He is also actively contributing to Natural Science Research, with strong knowledge of Polar Sea Ice, Ocean Waves and the associated Climate Change, e.g. Fluid-structure interaction of a large ice sheet in waves.

Dr Huang has focused research skills on high-fidelity modelling techniques such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Fluid-Structure Interactions (FSI), alongside lab investigations including structural testing and wave/towing tank experiments. His work has demonstrated high practical impacts, such as helping Indonesia develop COVID-19 guidelines in maritime environments: COVID-19 transmission inside a small passenger vessel: Risks and mitigation, and informing the safe & sustainable operation of Arctic ships: Ship resistance when operating in floating ice floes: Derivation, validation, and application of an empirical equation

Prior to Cranfield, Dr Huang completed MSc, PhD and Postdoc at University College London (UCL). He is the only person who has won the UCL Research-Led Initiative Award three years in a row (2018-2020), and he chaired three international conferences, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd "UCL OpenFOAM Workshop", with a YouTube channel established for online teaching purposes: UCL OpenFOAM Workshop.

Research opportunities

Dr Huang is keen on interdisciplinary research, back up by a wide network and trustworthy administration skills. He is always active in discussing research collaborations and potential PhD/Postdoc supervision, and currently has resources and availability to organise both computational and experimental projects; he acts as Academic Lead for Cranfield Structural Integrity Lab and Cranfield Ocean Systems Lab.

Publications

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