Assoc/Prof Scott Draper
Offshore Foundation Systems, Centre for
- Contact details
- Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
The University of Western Australia (M051)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 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
- Fluid Mechanics in Offshore Engineering
- (i) Subsea pipeline/structure scour and stability
- (ii) Hydrodynamics of floating bodies
- (iii)Marine Energy Resource Assessment (Wave and Tidal)
- Journal papers in 2014/15
(* PhD students, ** Undergraduate honours students)
(i) Draper, S., An, H., Cheng, L, White, D.J. and Griffiths, T. (2015) ‘Stability of subsea pipelines during large storms’. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Part A (In Press).
(ii) * Leckie, S.H.F., Draper, S., White, D.J., Cheng, L., Fogliani, A.J. (2015), 'Lifelong embedment and spanning of a pipeline on a mobile seabed', Coastal Engineering, 95, pp. 130-146
(iii) Draper, S., and Nishino, T. (2014). Centered and staggered arrangements of tidal turbines. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 739, 72-93.
(iv) 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.
(v) 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.
(vi) Adcock, T. A., & Draper, S. (2014). Power extraction from tidal channels–Multiple tidal constituents, compound tides and overtides. Renewable Energy, 63, 797-806.
(vii) 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.
(viii) Adcock, T. A. A., Draper, S., Houlsby, G. T., Borthwick, A. G. L., and Serhadlioglu, S, (2014) ‘Long-term available power predictions for the Pentland Firth’, Proc. Institute Mech. Engineers, Part A: J. Power and Energy, DOI: 10.1177/0957650914544347
(ix) Vennell, R., Funke, S.W., Draper, S., Stevens, C.L., Divett, T. (2014), 'Designing large arrays of tidal turbines: A synthesis and review', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 41, pp. 454-472
Conference papers in 2014/15
(* PhD students, ** Undergraduate honours students)
(i) Draper, S., Nishino, T. and Adcock, T.A.A. (2014), 'Turbines in non-uniform flow', 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
(ii) 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.
(iii) 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.
(iv) **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.
(v) 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.
(vi) 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,
(vii) Draper, S. (2014) ‘Wind and tidal turbines in uniform flows’, 3rd Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop, UK.
(viii) 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.
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- COFS stream leader (Offshore Engineering Science)
- Funding received
- Australian Research Council Discovery Project: "Pipeline scour in calcareous sediments"
Australian Research Council Discovery Project: "Scour and scour induced settlement of subsea structures"
- Society for Underwater Technology
UWA Oceans Institute
Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society
- 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)
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- Research profile
Research profile and publications