In 2003, Ross came to Oxford to read Engineering Science and subsequently completed a DPhil, focusing on the hydrodynamic and structural optimisation of tidal stream turbines. Following this period at Oxford, he moved to industry and became an advanced composites design Engineer at Gurit UK on the Isle of Wight.
However, Ross returned to Oxford in 2013 to continue his research career into the design of offshore wind foundation design. Following a number of consulting projects in biomimetic design he is now part of a team developing methods for identifying and validating foundation design methods using monitored data from offshore wind turbine structures.
Professor McAdam's research interests have grown through a broad experience of both industrial and academic roles, predominantly in the development of new and improved devices for the extraction of marine renewable energy.
His current research is focused on three main areas:
ALPACA (Axial-Lateral Pile Analysis for Chalk Applying multi-scale field and laboratory testing)
Generating new design guidance for axially and laterally loaded piles in chalk through field and laboratory testing.
Extreme wind and wave loads on the next generation of offshore wind turbines (Joint UK-China
Develop and apply models of extreme wind and wave loading to explore the impact on offshore wind turbine design in coastal China.
Ørsted five year cyclic framework agreement
Developing advanced geotechnical design methods for offshore wind foundations under repeated loads