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Yi-Hsiang Yu

Researcher V-Mechanical Engineering

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Dr. Yi-Hsiang Yu's expertise is in marine energy system design and performance analysis, hydrodynamics modeling, and application of high-performance computing. As a member of NREL's Water Power Program, his work has focused on the research and development of ocean energy technologies. His experience includes the development of WEC-Sim, a wave-to-wire numerical model for design and analysis of wave energy conversion systems, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, wave tank testing, extreme condition modeling, which is essential for determining the design load for wave energy systems, practical resource assessment in the United States, and wave powered desalination system.

Research Interests

Hydrodynamic model development and CFD simulations

Wave energy converter system design and optimization


Ph.D., Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

M.S., Marine Environment and Engineering, National Sun Yet-Sen University (Taiwan)

B.S., Marine Environment and Engineering, National Sun Yet-Sen University (Taiwan)

Associations and Memberships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME, Member, 2009-Ongoing
  • The International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers, ISOPE, Student Member, 2003- 2008, Member, 2008-2018

Journal Editorships

Yi-Hsiang is currently serving as the associate editor of the Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, an international journal for all aspects of analysis, design, and technology development in ocean, offshore, arctic, and related fields.

Featured Work

Ocean Energy Systems Wave Energy Modeling Task: Modeling, Verification, and Validation of Wave Energy Converters, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (2019)

A Wave Energy Converter Design Load Case Study, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (2019)

Numerical Modeling and Dynamic Analysis of a Wave-Powered Reverse-Osmosis System, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (2018)

Balancing Power Absorption Against Structural Loads with Viscous Drag and Power-Take-Off Efficiency Considerations, IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering (2017)

Ocean power technology design optimization, International Journal of Marine Energy (2017)

Pseudo-spectral control of a novel oscillating surge wave energy converter in regular waves for power optimization including load reduction, Ocean Engineering (2017)

Investigation on the energy absorption performance of a fixed-bottom pressure-differential wave energy converter, Applied Ocean Research (2017)

View all NREL publications for Yi-Hsiang Yu.


Wave Energy Conversion Incorporating Actuated Geometry, U.S. Patent No. 10,066,595B2 (2018)