Asst/Prof Scott Draper
Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
- Contact details
- Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
The University of Western Australia (M051)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- 6488 7400
- BE BCom W.Aust., DPhil Oxf.
- Scott has been an assistant Professor at UWA (funded by the Lloyds Register Foundation) since September 2011. He completed a DPhil (PhD) in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford in 2011. His DPhil thesis was on tidal stream power generation, and addressed how much energy can be extracted for human use from fast moving tidal currents – a topic currently receiving significant academic and commercial attention in the UK.
Scott graduated with first class honours in Engineering (Civil) and a bachelor degree in Commerce (Finance) from the University of Western Australia in 2005. His undergraduate honours thesis was concerned with numerical simulation of seepage flow using a novel semi-analytical numerical method. Following graduation, but before commencing study in the UK, he worked as a structural engineer in Perth.
- Key research
- Marine Energy Resource Assessment (Wave and Tidal)
- Shallow Water Flows
- Finite Element/Finite Volume numerical methods
- Sediment Transport, Morphodynamics and Scour
- Journal papers
(* PhD students, ** Undergraduate honours students)
J1. Draper, S., Houlsby, G.T., Oldfield, M.L.G. and Borthwick, A.G.L (2010). Modeling Tidal Energy Extraction in a Depth Averaged Domain. IET J. Renew. Powr. Gen., Vol. 4, 545-554.
J2. Draper, S., Borthwick, A.G.L., and Houlsby, G.T. (2013) ‘Energy Potential of a tidal fence deployed near a coastal headland’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Part A, 371:20120176
J3. Adcock, T. A. A., Draper, S., Houlsby, G. T., Borthwick, A. G. L., and Serhadlioglu, S. (2013), “The available power from tidal stream turbines in the Pentland Firth”, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Part A, 469:20130072.
J4. Serhadlıoğlu, S., Adcock, T. A., Houlsby, G. T., Draper, S., & Borthwick, A. G. (2013). Tidal stream energy resource assessment of the Anglesey Skerries. International Journal of Marine Energy, 3, 98-111.
J5. Draper, S., Adcock, T. A. A., Borthwick, A.G.L, and Houlsby, G.T. (2014) ‘An electrical interpretation of the Pentland Firth Tidal Stream Energy Resource’, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Part A, 470:20130207.
J6. Draper, S., Adcock, T. A. A., Borthwick, A.G.L, and Houlsby, G.T. (2014) ‘Estimate of the Extractable Pentland Firth Tidal Stream Power Resource’, Renewable Energy, 63, 650-657.
J7. Adcock, T. A., & Draper, S. (2014). Power extraction from tidal channels–Multiple tidal constituents, compound tides and overtides. Renewable Energy, 63, 797-806.
J8. Draper, S., and Nishino, T. (2014). Centered and staggered arrangements of tidal turbines. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 739, 72-93.
J9. Draper, S., Adcock, T. A. A., Borthwick, A.G.L, and Houlsby, G.T. (2014) ‘A note on the power potential of tidal currents in channels’, International Journal of Marine Energy, 6, 1-17.
J10. Adcock, T. A. A., Draper, S., Houlsby, G. T., Borthwick, A. G. L., and Serhadlioglu, S, ‘Long-term available power predictions for the Pentland Firth’, Proc. Institute Mech. Engineers, Part A: J. Power and Energy, DOI: 10.1177/0957650914544347
J11. Vennell, R., Funke, S.W., Draper, S., Stevens, C. and Divett, T. (2014) ‘Designing Large Arrays of Tidal Turbines: a synthesis and review’, Submitted to Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (Accepted).
J12. *Mohr, H., Draper, S., Cheng, L., White, D., An, A. and Zhang, Q. ‘The hydrodynamics of a recirculating (O-tube) flume’, Submitted to Continental Shelf Research (May 2014).
J13. Cheng, L., An, H., Draper, S. and White, D.J. (2014) ‘The effect of the wave boundary layer on the stability of small diameter subsea pipelines’, Submitted to Pipeline Engineering (March, 2014).
J14. * Leckie, S.H., Draper, S., White, D.J. and Cheng, L. (2014) ‘Lifelong embedment and spanning of a pipeline on a mobile seabed’, Submitted to Coastal Engineering (June, 2014).
J15. Draper, S., An, H., Cheng, L, White, D.J., Luo, C. and Griffiths, T. (2014) ‘Stability of subsea pipelines during large storms’. Submitted to Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Part A (June 2014).
J16. Adcock, T.A.A, Draper, S. and Nishino, T. (2014) 'Tidal power generation - a review of hydrodynamic modelling', Submitted to IMechE (August, 2014).
(* PhD students, ** Undergraduate honours students)
C21. Draper, S., Nishino, T. and Adcock, T.A.A. (2014), 'Turbines in non-uniform flow', 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
C20.Draper, S., Cheng, L., White, D.J., Leckie, S. (2014) ‘Image-based approach to calculate sediment transport rate and estimate seabed shear stress during scour’, 7th International Conference on Scour and Erosion, Perth, Australia.
C19. Draper, S., Cheng, L., Sun, W., An, H., White, D., Bransby, F., Borges-Rodriguez, A. and Griffiths, T. (2014) ‘Pipeline scour and self-burial on a thin veneer of sand overlying rock due to steady currents’, 7th International Conference on Scour and Erosion, Perth, Australia.
C18. **Zhao, F., Draper, S. and Cheng, L. (2014) ‘Experimental and Numerical Scour Investigation of a Backfilled Trench’, 7th International Conference on Scour and Erosion, Perth, Australia.
C17. An, H., Cheng, L., Luo, C., Draper, S., White, D.J. and Jas, E. (2014) ‘Sediment Transport Behaviour in the Voids of a Rock Berm’, 7th International Conference on Scour and Erosion, Perth, Australia.
C16. Borges Rodriguez, A., Draper, S., Boylan, N.P., Begaj, L. and Bransby, M. F. (2014) ‘Pipe-soil interaction during cyclic buckling: The importance of sit-specific seabed properties’, OMAE2014-24391,
C15. Draper, S. (2014) ‘Wind and tidal turbines in uniform flows’, 3rd Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop, UK.
C14. Adcock, T.A.A and Draper, S. (2014) On the tidal stream resource of two headland sites in the English Channel: Portland Bill and Isle of Wight, 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, San Francisco, California, USA, OMAE2014-23032.
C13. Serhadlioglu, S, Adcock, T. A. A., Houlsby, G. T., Draper, S. and Borthwick, A. G. L. (2013) Tidal Stream Energy Resource Assessment of the Anglesey Skerries, 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference. Aalborg, Denmark 2013.
C12. Cheng, L., An, H., Draper, S., Luo, H., Brown, T. and White, D. (2014) Invited Keynote: UWA’s O-tube facilities: physical modelling of fluid-structure-seabed interactions, International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, Perth, Australia, 2014.
C11. Draper, S., Stallard, T., Stansby, P., Way, S. and Adcock, T. (2013) Laboratory scale experiments and preliminary modelling to investigate basin scale tidal stream energy extraction, 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference. Aalborg, Denmark 2013.
C10. *Mohr, H., Draper, S. and White, D. (2013) Free field sediment mobility on Australia’s North West Shelf, 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, Nantes, France, OMAE2013-11490.
C9. *Zhang, Q., Cheng, L., Draper, S. An, H., and Shi, H. (2013) Revisiting the mechanics of onset of scour below subsea pipelines in steady currents, 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, Nantes, France, OMAE2013-11334.
C8. **Epstein, R., Draper, S. and Cheng, L. (2013) Backfill of narrow subsea trenches: From experiments to depth-averaged models to advanced numerical models, 23rd International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, Anchorage, Alaska. Paper No 2013-TPC-0902
C7. Serhadlıoğlu, S., Houlsby, G.T., Adcock, T.A.A., Draper, S. & Borthwick, A.G.L. (2013). Assessment of tidal stream energy resources in the UK using a discontinuous Galerkin finite element scheme. In Proc. 17th International Conference on Finite Elements in Flow Problems, San Diego, CA, USA.
C6. Draper, S. (2013) ‘On the optimum place to locate a tidal fence in the Severn Estuary’, 2nd Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop, UK.
C5. Adcock, T.A.A. Draper, S., Houlsby, G.T, and Borthwick, A.G.L. (2012) On the tidal resource of the Pentland Firth. 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy. Dublin, Ireland 2012.
C4. Draper, S., Houlsby, G.T, and Borthwick, A.G.L. (2011) Energy Potential of a Tidal Fence Deployed Near a Coastal Headland. 9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference. Southampton, UK 2011.
C3. Draper, S., Borthwick, A.G.L, and Houlsby, G.T. (2010) Power Potential of an Enclosed Bay with Sloping Sides. Young Coastal Scientists & Engineers Conference, University College London, 2010.
C2. Draper, S., Houlsby, G.T., Oldfield, M.L.G. and Borthwick, A.G.L (2009). Modeling Tidal Energy Extraction in a Depth Averaged Domain. 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference. Uppsala, Sweden 2009.
C1. Draper, S., Deeks, A.J. and Cheng, L. (2006), ‘Application of the Scaled Boundary Finite Element Method to Seepage Flow’, 10th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, Aug. 3-5, Bangkok, Thailand.
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- COFS stream leader (Offshore Engineering Science)
- Funding received
- Australian Research Council Discovery Project: "Pipeline scour in calcareous sediments"
- Industrial relevance
- My research aims to inform marine energy device developers, the public and potential investors of the useful and sustainable quantity of energy that can be extracted from the ocean. More recently I have also started to work on sediment transport processes applicable to, for example, the stability of on-bottom subsea pipelines used to service offshore production facilities.
- Society for Underwater Technology
- Honours and awards
- 2010 Science Scholarship, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford
2006 Rhodes Scholarship (Australia-at-large)
2005 Civil Engineering Award for best Honours Project, UWA
Other UWA undergraduate awards: D.N. Foster Award in Coastal and Offshore Engineering (2005), Steel Institute of Australia Structural Design Award (2004), BSP Industry Award (2004), Hartley Poynton Prize for finance (2003)
- I currently give lectures in the following units:
Design of Offshore Systems CIVL 5505 (Metocean engineering + Renewable Energy)
Environmental Geotechnics GENG5502 (Contaminant transport)
- Current external positions
- Advanced Geomechanics (Consultant + Specialist in Scour)
- Useful links
- New and noteworthy
- Visit Perth for the 7th International Conference on Scour and Erosion: www.2014icse.com
- Research profile
Research profile and publications