Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lecturer in Fluid-Structure Interaction



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Miss Rebecca Naessens +44 (0)20 7594 5990




308ASkempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Li first joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an undergraduate student. Graduating at the top of his MEng class in 2012, he joined the Fluid Mechanics Section as a PhD student and was appointed as Lecturer in 2020.

Li's research interests lie in a broad area of fluid-structure interaction. Specifically, these include flows around offshore structures and vessels, the fluid loading arising on these structures, and the subsequent assessment of structural reliability. In addition, Li also works on the interaction of turbulent buoyancy-driven flows with solid boundaries; the latter having direct applications to improving the efficiency of solar power. Taken together, these topics are of high practical civil engineering relevance, especially in the effective design and management of energy systems and infrastructure.

Key research interests

  • Wave breaking and kinematics.
  • Hydrodynamic impacts and wave-in-deck loads.
  • Analytical and numerical modelling of fluid loads.
  • Short-term and long-term load statistics.
  • Development of new experimental methods.
  • Convective loss in renewable energy systems.
  • Marine renewables.
  • Dynamic loads and responses.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ma L, Swan C, 2020, The effective prediction of wave-in-deck loads, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol:95, ISSN:0889-9746

Ma L, Swan C, 2020, An experimental study of wave-in-deck loading and its dependence on the properties of the incident waves, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol:92, ISSN:0889-9746, Pages:1-21

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