Dr Luo has devoted his efforts to computational modelling and laboratory study of wave hydrodynamics, with emphasis in extreme wave interactions with marine/coastal structures and shorelines. He has developed an accurate, robust and efficient (with parallel computing) numerical program for free-surface/two-phase flows and fluid-structure interaction problems.

He believes that experimental studies and numerical simulations are complementary. Hence he has conducted large amount of laboratory experiments on sloshing in scaled tanks and extreme wave impact on fixed/floating structures in a wave flume. These works not only enrich the knowledge of how ocean wave acts on marine/coastal structure in extreme circumstances, but also provide a powerful numerical tool to analyse complex engineering problems.

Research interests

  • Computational modelling and laboratory study of coastal/marine wave hydrodynamics (e.g. extreme wave impacts)
  • Complex two-phase flow simulation (e.g. water-soil interactions)
  • Parallel computing
  • Discrete Element Method

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational modelling and laboratory study of coastal/marine wave hydrodynamics
  • Complex two-phase flow simulation
  • Fluid-structure interaction


  1. & SPH Simulation of Hydraulic Jump on Corrugated Riverbeds. Applied Sciences 9(3), 436
  2. & Consistent Particle Method Simulation of Solitary Wave Interaction with a Submerged Breakwater. Water 11(2), 261
  3. & Shared-Memory parallelization of consistent particle method for violent wave impact problems. Applied Ocean Research 69, 87-99.
  4. & A particle method for two-phase flows with compressible air pocket. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 108(7), 695-721.
  5. & A three-dimensional particle method for violent sloshing under regular and irregular excitations. Ocean Engineering 120, 52-63.

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  • EG-M115 Coastal Structure Design

    This module comprises a group design of a simplified realistic coastal structure. Mimicking the professional engineering design, it provides students with experience in using the theories of the coastal engineering discipline as well as considering the Environmental Impact Assessment and sustainability to solve practical problems. The programme consists a series of lecture/tutorial classes, group/individual design work, group discussions and feedback and writing a design report.

  • EGA116 Civil Engineering Structural Analysis Practice

    This module primarily concerns the analysis of statically determinate structures. The module builds on the Mechanics and Strength of Material modules taught in semester one and two of year one. Resolving forces in civil engineering determinant truss like structures, the stretching on bending moment and shear force diagrams for determinant continuous beams and frames are the focus of this module.

External Responsibilities

  • Reviewer, Applied Ocean Research

    2015 - Present

  • Reviewer, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering

    2016 - Present

  • Reviewer, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements

    2016 - Present

  • Reviewer, Ocean Engineering

    2016 - Present