Mr Shuji Otomo




A124 Alrick Building

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Research Institute: 

  • Energy Systems

Research Theme: 

  • Offshore Renewable Energy
Shuji Otomo
Shuji Otomo


Shuji (大友衆示) attained his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from Hokkaido University in Japan. His research project was to investigate the effect of turbulence on Savonius turbine under the supervision of Prof. Yuichi Murai and Dr. Yuji Tasaka at LFC (Laboratory for Flow Control) collaborated with Dr. Petr Denissenko of the University of Warwick. He has experimentally shown that Savonius turbine shows a better performance in a turbulent flow subjected to Richardson-Kolmogorov cascade by using hot-wire anemometry (HWA) and particle image velocimetry (PIV). During his BSc, he was awarded a scholarship from Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) for his PhD study under the supervision of Dr. Ignazio Maria Viola.

Shuji is experimentally and analytically investigating unsteady aerodynamics of a flapping foil through the impulse theory. 

Shuji stayed at UNFoLD (Unsteady Flow Diagnostics Laboratory), EPFL, Switzerland between October and December 2018 for the collaboration with Dr. Karen Mulleners, to investigate the fluid mechanics of a pitching wing.

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Journal papers:

H. J. A. Bird, K. Ramesh, S. Otomo, I. M. Viola, "The usefulness of inviscid linear unsteady lifting-line theory for viscous large-amplitude problem", 2021, AIAA Journal (accepted), preprint available on arXiv 

S. Otomo, K. Mulleners, K. Ramesh, I. M. Viola, "Unsteady Lift on a High-amplitude Pitching Aerofoil", 2021, Experiments in Fluids, 62, 6,

L. Bandiera*, G. Pavar*, G. Pisetta*, S. Otomo*, E. Mangano, J. R. Seckl, P. Digard, E. Molinari, F. Menolascina, I. M. Viola, "Face Coverings and Respiratory Tract Droplet Dispersion", Royal Society Open Science, 7: 201663,, *co-first authors

Conference Proceedings:

Y. Murai, T. Umemura, R. Sayama, Y. Horimoto, H.Y. Park, Y. Tasaka, S. Otomo, "Savonius wind turbine performance in high turbulence and its improvement by jet supply", International Conference on Power Engineering 2021 (ICOPE-2021), Kobe, Japan, 17/10/2021 - 21/10/2021 

H. J. A. Bird, K. Ramesh, S. Otomo, I. M. Viola, "Leading Edge Vortex Formation on Finite Wings Using Vortex Particles", 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum, online, 11/01/2021 - 15/01/2021,

S. Otomo, K. Mulleners, K. Ramesh, I. M. Viola, "On the Lift and Vortices of an Asymmetrically Pitching Foil", 72nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Seattle, 23/11/2019 - 26/11/2019,

S. Otomo, K. Mulleners, K. Ramesh, I. M. Viola, "Low-order Modelling of Oscillating-foil Energy Harvesters", ETP Annual Conference 2019, Dundee, UK, 14/11/2019.

S. Otomo, K. Mulleners, K. Ramesh, I. M. Viola, "Lift of an Asymmetrically Pitching Foil at large amplitude", UK Fluids Conference, Cambridge, UK, 27/08/2019 - 29/08/2019.

Y. Murai, S. Otomo, Y. Tasaka, P. Denissenko, "Robustness of Savonius turbine for inflow of isotropic turbulence", The 24th National Symposium on Power and Energy Systems, Tokyo, Japan, 20/06/2019 - 21/06/2019,

S. Otomo, K. Mulleners, K. Ramesh, I. M. Viola, "On the Lift and Vortices of an Asymmetrically Pitching Foil", 32nd Scottish Fluid Mechanics Meeting, Dundee, UK, 30/05/2019. 

H. J. A. Bird, S. Otomo, K. Ramesh, I. M. Viola, "A Geometrically Non-Linear Time-Domain Unsteady Lifting-Line Theory", AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, San Diego, California, 07/01/2019 - 11/01/2019,

Y. Murai, S. Osuka, S. Otomo, "3-D Experimental Visualization of Flows Around Straight and Twisted Savonius Wind Turbines", 7th European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, Glasgow, UK, 11/06/2018 - 15/06/2018.

S. Otomo, Y. Murai, Y. Tasaka, and P. Denissenko, "Savonius Wind Turbine Shows a Better Performance in Turbulence", World Wind Energy Conference 2017, Malmo, Sweden, 12/06/2017 - 15/06/2017.

S. Otomo, S. Osuka, Y. Tasaka, Y. Murai, and P. Denissenko, "An Experimental Study on a Savonius Turbine in a Turbulent Flow" , 54th Meeting of Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Hokkaido Branch, Tomakomai, Japan, 28/10/2016 - 29/10/2016,


ETP Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Exchanges (PECRE) Grant (£3000)

Best Presentation Award, School of Engineering Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Edinburgh 

Scholarship for PhD Study from JASSO (£85000)

Academic Qualifications: 

2017 BSc in Mechanical Engineeering from Hokkaido University, Japan

Research Interests: 

  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Flow Control
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Tidal/Wind Energy
  • Vortex Dynamics
  • Bioinspiration/Biomimetics
  • Turbulence (statistical theory)
  • Jets