Shuji 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). He presented his results at World Wind Energy Conference 2017 (WWEC2017). During his BSc, he was awarded a scholarship from Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO) for his PhD study under the supervision of Dr. Ignazio Maria Viola.
Shuji is experimentally investigating bio-inspired arrays of fish-like energy harvesters. The objective of the project is to find an optimum arrays of energy harvesters.
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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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, https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2019-1377
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, https://doi.org/10.1299/jsmehokkaido.2016.54.79
ETP Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Exchanges (PECRE) Grant (£3000)
Best Presentation Award, School of Engineering Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Edinburgh