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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Joined UCL: November 2016

Luofeng Huang

  • PhD Researcher
  • UCL Mechanical Engineering

Contact Luofeng Huang

Research Area

Simulation of Ship Navigation in the Arctic

Research Outline

With global warming, the sea ice extent in the Arctic is reducing quickly, which leads to the notion that commercial shipping routes through the Arctic will become navigable. Short-cuts across the Arctic Ocean signifies considerable savings of time, fuel and emissions. However, the existence of sea ice makes the Arctic navigational environment very different from that in an open ocean without any sea ice, and its potential impact on ship performance is not well understood. This is the motivation of this study to simulating a ship navigating in various ice conditions.


Luofeng Huang got his first degree of Engineering at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China, where he served as the president of student union. Besides, he conducted two years of start-up business and obtained a second bachelor degree in entrepreneurship, also at SYSU. Afterwards, he joined UCL in 2015 and obtained his MSc with Distinction. Now he is a PhD student here, also leading a UCL doctoral skill course – teaching a simulation tool, OpenFOAM. Luofeng has secured National Entrepreneur Prize of China, and Research-Led Initiative Prize of UCL.

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