- Tidal turbines
- Micro -renewables
- Experimental testing and field work
- Fluid-structure interaction
Accepting applications from PhD students.
Luke began his research in 1999 investigating performance of free stream tidal turbines. This area of research has grown significantly since then with large-scale demonstrator devices installed around the world in recent years. Luke has experience in turbine performance, resource analysis and structural dynamics whilst much of his recent activity has been with turbulent effects in arrays or farms of devices and how to optimally arrange them. It is not a simple problem; Luke and his group have published several high-impact papers on the subject in recent years. The projects can be found here, most recently has been the work investigating the performance of winglets on turbine blades. Luke has also conducted work on micro-renewables most notably micro wind turbines. His most recent project was conducted on behalf of Highways England to model the wind energy potential of turbines installed along their road network and estate.