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 Pablo Ouro Barba

Pablo Ouro Barba

Lecturer in Computational Hydraulics

School of Engineering

Available for postgraduate supervision


Lecturer in Computational Hydraulics at Cardiff School of Engineering with expertise in high-fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamics, hydraulics and environmental flows, fluid-structure interaction, offshore renewable energies and high-performance computing.

I obtained my MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of A Coruna (Spain) after which I worked as Research Structural Engineer at the Structural Mechanics Group ( for 6 months. In the academic year 2011-2012 I went to Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) with an Erasmus grant.

In late 2013, I moved to Cardiff University to pursue my PhD degree at the Hydro-environmental Research Centre. From 2017-2019 I worked as Research Software Engineer in the Supercomputing Wales project appointed to the School of Engineering.


Honours and awards


- 2019: Understanding the complexities of Large-Eddy Simulation: towards efficiently modelling offshore tidal turbine farms. EPSRC ICT Discipline Hopping. PI: Unai Lopez-Novoa; Co-I: Pablo Ouro. £166,548.

- 2019: ESPRC Global Challenges Research Funds IAA award. Joint with National University of Colombia. Role: PI.

- 2019: ESPRC Impact Acceleration Accound award with ORE Catapult. Role: PI.

- 2018. Distributed Fibre-optic Cable Sensing for Buried Pipe Infrastructure. EPSRC Standard grant. PI: Thorsten Stoesser; Co-Is: Pablo Ouro, Zhihua Xie. £456,723.

- 2018: Evaluation of the performance of a large-eddy simulation code on 64-bits ARMv8 processors. GW4 Data Science seed corn project. Role: PI

Personal Awards:

- 2019: GW4 'Data Science' Crucible member.

- 2017: Reynolds Osborne day. Oral presentation finalist.

- 2017: Winner best poster at PGR ENGIN conference .

- 2016: PGR Poster competition at Cardiff School of Engineering.

- 2015: John F Kennedy. Winner. IAHR World Congress.

- 2015: Travel Award. ECCOMAS.

Professional memberships

2019 - present: Member of the Early Career Researchers network board from Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy hub.

2019 - present: Academic representative, IAHR Cardiff Young Professionals Network.

2015 - 2016: Secretary, IAHR Cardiff Young Professionals Network.

Academic positions

2019 - present: Lecturer in Computational Hydraulics, Cardiff University.

2017 - 2019: Research Software Engineer, Supercomputing Wales. Cardiff University.

2017 - 2017: Research Associate. Cardiff University.

2013 - 2017: PhD Candidate. Cardiff University.

2011 - 2013: Researcher. University of A Coruna, Spain.

Committees and reviewing

Reviewer peer-review Journals:

- Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (CMAME).

- Energies.

- Environmental Fluid Mechanics.

- Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.

- Journal of Hydraulic Research.

- Mathematical Applications in Engineering.

- Renewable Energy.

- Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

- Water Resources Research.

- Water.

- Wind Energy.

International Scientific commitees:

- 2020 Riverflow. Delft, The Netherlands.









Modules thought in BEng and MEng in Civil Engineering:

2019 - 2020: EN4576. Sediment Transport Dynamics. 4th year. Module leader.

2019 - 2020: EN3317. Environmental Hydraulics. 3rd year. Module leader.

2019 - 2020: EN3094. MEng International. 3rd year. Module leader.

2019 - 2020: EN3300. Final project. 3rd year.

2018 - 2020: ENT509. MSc dissertation. 1st year MSc Civil Engineering.

2018 - 2020: EN2315. Professional studies and construction. 2nd year. Assistant lecturer.

2017 - 2019 : EN4575. Environmental Fluid Mechanics. 4th year. Assistant lecturer.

2017 -2018:  Hydraulics. 2nd year. Assistant lecturer.

My main research areas are:

- Large-eddy and direct numerical simulation.

- Offshore renewable energy: tidal stream turbines and wind turbine farms.

- Fluid-structure interaction.

- Turbulence in environmental flows and hydraulics.

- Free-surface flows.

- Multi-phase flows: Eulerian-Eulerian and Eulerian-Lagrangian.

- Flood modelling.

- Sediment transport.


The research areas I am keen on having research students are:​

- Hydrodynamics of tidal turbine arrays.

- Bio-mimetic hydrodynamics.

- Development of hybrid turbulence models.

- Modelling of offshore wind farms.

- Flood modelling.

- Microplastics and sediment transport.

Current supervision

Stephanie Muller

Research student

Past projects

MSc theses:


- Zhi Xu. Natural flood man. intervention: Experimental investigation to examine the impact of woody debris dams on flood levels. Co-supervised with Dr Wilson
- Mathieu Caron. Influence of relative submergence on the tidal turbine array wake recovery. Visiting student from Ecole Polytechnique, France.


- Ziwei Hu.  Physical Model of Hydrodynamic of The Coastal Reservoir. Co-supervised with Prof. Falconer.
- Huda Bosnina. Actuator-line model for vertical axis tidal turbines. Co-supervised with Prof. Stoesser.
- Chin Vong. Investigating secondary currents-induced drag reduction using streamwise oriented objects. Co-supervised with Prof. Stoesser.


- Nicolo Viti. CFD simulation and validation of a contact tank: hydrodynamics and solute transport. Co-supervised with Prof. Stoesser and Dr. Angeloudis.