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Associate Professor

Ross McAdam DPhil (Oxon) MEng

Associate Professor of Engineering Science

Non-Tutorial Fellow of Harris Manchester College

TEL: 01865 273129
COLLEGE: Harris Manchester College


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.

Research Interests

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 two main areas:

  1. The development of improved offshore foundation design, especially within the offshore wind industry. From the £3.5m joint industry Pile Soil Analysis (PISA) project this research has already delivered new design methods and field test data, which has significantly reduced uncertainty and the resulting conservatism in offshore monopile design.
    While the PISA project provided a step change in the approach to predicting the monotonic response of monopile foundations, further research is ongoing to extend the approach to phenomena such as scour or cyclic loading, which aims to accurately predict the response stiffness, accumulated rotation and damping under the many millions of realistic loading cycles.
    This research sees substantial industry collaboration, as well as activity through the supervision of students at Oxford University within the Renewable Energy marine Structures (REMS) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) course.
  2. The application of signal processing, model optimisation and system identification to monitored offshore structures in order to provide intelligent feedback on design method validation and development, operational assessment, surrogate modelling and life extension analysis.

Current Projects

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