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Prof Peter Stansby

Professor of Hydrodynamics, Partner Coordinator of Tyndall Centre

Peter Stansby has been Professor of Hydrodynamics at Manchester University since 1990. 

He obtained his BA in Engineering and his PhD in Aerodynamics at Cambridge University. He then worked for Atkins Research and Development near London on wind and offshore engineering for two years. On moving to Manchester University in 1980, his early research interests were in wave and current loading on offshore structures, specializing in vortex-induced vibrations. Since around 1990 he has worked on coastal hydrodynamics, mainly in relation to shallow-water flows and surf zone waves. 

Since 2000 he has been involved with the Tyndall Centre on the Coastal programme. He now leads the Coastal Flooding component of the EPSRC/EA programme Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (FRMRC2). Since 2004 he has become involved with wave energy devices, developing a particular robust point absorber, the Manchester Bobber, supported by the Carbon Trust and six industrial partners. His research on renewable energy now extends to marine current turbines, funded by EdF and ETI, and offshore wind turbines, funded by Garrad Hassan. The University of Manchester has recently become a partner in the Energy Technology Institute for work on marine current turbines. Since 2005 he has become active in the novel numerical method SPH (smoothed particle hydrodynamics) which shows great promise for violent surface flows. 

Division: 
Research
Sustainability enthusiast?: 
No
Interdisciplinary themes: 
Climate
Education
Energy
Water

Connections

Course

Renewable Energy Systems

To develop an understanding of the engineering issues related to the design of renewable energy systems with particular focus on wind energy, tidal stream energy and wave energy converters.

Research

iCOAST

iCOAST will help forecast what the UK’s coastline will look like in the future, up to 100 years’ time

http://www.icoasst.net/

Research

The High Seas Project

Assessing the technical and operational scope for rapid carbon emission reduction from global shipping.

http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/H02011X/1

Group

energy@manchester

AKA Manchester Energy. From underpinning strategic research to the transfer of technology into the marketplace, the University of Manchester has a range of world-class activities supporting the need for solutions that can play their part in meeting the global energy challenge.

Keywords: 
Energy, Energy industry, Energy storage, Cogeneration, Interdisciplinary

Group

Tyndall Centre

Group

water@manchester

A network to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in water-related research across The University of Manchester and with external research, government and industry organisations.

Keywords: 
Water, Climate change, Resources