Nick Hanousek

Project: Near and far-field hydro-environmental modelling of marine renewable energy schemes

Supervisors: Dr Reza Ahmadian and Professor Roger Falconer


Nick graduated with an MEng in Civil Engineering from Cardiff University. His third year project analysed various tidal range power scheme options that have been proposed for the Severn estuary area using a 2D depth averaged numerical model.  Nick joined the WISE CDT in September 2018 and will continue to pursue his PhD research at Cardiff University. 

Work Experience

As part of his degree, Nick undertook a year in industry at HR Wallingford where he worked within the coastal structures team; primarily building and testing physical models of coastal developments in 2D wave flume, and 3D wave basin models. He was also involved the official testing of flood protection products for the BSI Kitemark, and research testing of historic breakwaters. Nick also undertook work experience at Halcrow in Exeter which ultimately led to him pursue a career in civil engineering.

Research Interests

  • Numerical and physical modelling of water
  • Renewable energy
  • Coastal structures
  • Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics

To aid the development of a vertical axis turbine being studied at Cardiff University Nick has been using the smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) model DualSPHysics to compose a fully dynamic turbine model that allows for realistic representation of the turbine motion – and thus flow regime, and comparable torque outputs. From this initial model the impact of design changes can be easily assessed, to help guide the future flume studies and development process. This work is being carried out alongside Bikash Ranabhat (Cohort 4) who has been working on the turbine in the flume, and using ANSYS CFX.

2020 Industry Day Research Poster