• People

    • Sam Weller
    • Sam Weller
      MEng (Hons), PhD, Wh.S.Sch

      Tel: + 44 (0) 7743 450382
      email: weller@tensiontech.com

      Dr Sam Weller joined Tension Technology International as an Associate Consultant in August 2018. He has been involved in marine renewable energy (MRE) and offshore operations research since 2007 having worked at research institutes in the UK, Netherlands and France on several large collaborative marine projects (MERiFIC INTERREG IV A, DTOcean FP7 EU and OPERA H2020 EU) and transnational access schemes (i.e. MARINET FP7 EU). He has expertise in the hydrodynamic response and loading of highly dynamic offshore structures and subsea components, in particular the behaviour and durability of synthetic mooring ropes. He has published a total of 37 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers and contributed to 1 book chapter. He has also been a reviewer for the Ocean Engineering journal in addition to the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) and International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) conference series.

      Education

      Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  University of Exeter 2016

      PhD: 'Wave energy extraction from device arrays: Experimental investigation in a large wave facility'. University of Manchester, 2011.

      MEng (First Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. University of Wales, 2007.

      HNC Mechanical Engineering, BTEC National Certificate Engineering, NVQ Level 2 Engineering Manufacture and NVQ Level 3 Technical Services. Isle of Wight College, 1999 - 2003. Part of Technician Modern Apprenticeship training.

      Experience

      Research Fellow, University of Exeter (2013 - 2019).

      Research Associate, University of Exeter and L'Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer-IFREMER (2012 - 2013).

      Research Engineer, Marine Institute of Research Netherlands (2011 - 2012).

      Research Associate and PhD student, University of Manchester (2007 - 2011).

      Sponsored Student, BAE Systems and the University of Wales, Swansea (2003 - 2007).

      Technician Modern Apprenticeship, BAE Systems (1999 - 2003).

      Grants and Awards

      EPSRC FlexFund SynMaRE project, University of Exeter (2017). Primary investigator.

      H2020 OPERA and DUO Innovate UK, University of Exeter (2015). Involved in the preparation of the successful bids.

      EPSRC PhD+ funding: University of Manchester (2010 - 2011).

      ISOPE 2010, Beijing Conference funding: Obtained from the Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution of Engineering Technology, International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy and the University of Manchester.

      Doctoral Training Award University of Manchester (2007 - 2010).

      IMechE Whitworth Senior Scholarship (Wh.S.Sch, 2007 – 2011).

      IMechE Project Award, University of Wales, Swansea (2006).

      IMechE Whitworth Scholarship (Wh.Sch, 2003 – 2007).

      City and Guilds Medal for Excellence (2001).

      The Worshipful Company of Cutlers Prize (2001).

      Publications

      Author of 37 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers, numerous technical reports and 1 book chapter: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sam Weller

      [Jan. 2019]