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Yanlin Shao is an associate professor and study lead of the Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering programme in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His main research interests are in the modeling of ocean waves and their interaction with various marine structures, e.g. ships, offshore structures, floating wind/wave-energy devices, marine aquaculture structures, etc. 

He received a Ph.D. in marine hydrodynamics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2010. He has been a visiting associate professor at NTNU (2019) and a guest professor at Harbin Engineering University (2017-2020). Before joining DTU, he worked in DNV and Sevan Marine (now Sevan SSP) on hydrodynamics and mooring design. 

His research has been funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark, COWI Fonden, Research Council of Norway, and DNVGL Technology Leadership. He has authored more than 90 scientific publications in the Journal of Computational Physics, Physics of Fluids, Physical Review Fluids, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, etc. He also serves as an associate editor for ASME Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering.

Expertise: ship and offshore hydrodynamics; wave-structure interaction; sloshing; boundary element method; floaters and mooring systems.

Offering MSc thesis projects on ship seakeeping/added resistance/stability/slamming and hull-girder vibration; floating ocean energy systems; marine aquaculture systems; sloshing in liquid tanks; mooring dynamics, etc.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


MSc, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


BSc, Tianjin University


External positions

Assistant Professor, Technical University of Denmark


2010 → …


  • User defined:
  • Wave loads
  • Marine hydrodynamics
  • Offshore floating structures
  • Aquaculture structures
  • Mooring system
  • Sloshing
  • CFD


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