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Scholarly biography

Kaiming She has 30 years of experience in teaching, research and consultancy in the field of hydraulics and coastal engineering with projects ranging from coastal protection and sea defence to renewable energy. He has attracted research funding from research councils, government bodies and from within the university. His research also extends to sustainable use of water in domestic environment.  He has successfully supervised four doctorate (PhD) degrees.

Research interests

My research interests are concerned with developing sustainable engineering solutions associated with sea defences and promoting sustainable consumption of energy and water in domestic environment.  I have developed my own finite element models and applied these in past and ongoing research projects.  Ongoing research projects include

Development of Seashell as a wave energy converter and an alternative sea defence method

Seashell is a wave energy converter system that is specifically designed for inshore water deployment.  The system is designed to be cost-effective for manufacturing, installation, and operation.  It can also be retrofitted to existing sea defences for increased sea defences and energy production.  With the University Enterprise funding support, Seashell is undergoing the third iteration of prototype development at 1:10 scale.

Modelling of a Fauna Friendly Dredging System

Beach recharge as a means of sea defence generally requires offshore dredging to supply the needed sand and gravel.  The process can have significant impact on fish, which may not survive the process itself, or the lack of nutrients due to the habitat being destroyed.  The research aims to develop a solution to minimise the impact of dredging.

Sustainable consumption of water and energy in homes

This study investigate water and energy use associated with showering in homes and public utilities.  Showering makes up 30% of the total domestic water consumption.  Any savings in showering can have a significant impact on achieving a sustainable supply of water as well as energy.  The focus is on factors that influence people behaviour when adopting water efficient showerheads in homes.  The study involves a network of universities including University Brighton and Bath in the UK, and University of Aveiro and Lisbon of Portugal.

Approach to teaching

I see myself as an engineer preparing future generations of engineers. I teach hydraulics, coastal engineering and renewable energy. I emphasise the importance of students developing their understanding of theoretical concepts through conducting their own experiments in the laboratory. I like to direct my students to learn how to apply their knowledge in a creative as well as a practical manner. I expect my students to develop key skills to be able to deal with problems not found in books. I incorporate my research into my teaching and demonstrate how theory can be used in finding engineering solutions.

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Research Output

  • 7 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Life-cycle impacts of shower water waste heat recovery: case study of an installation at a university sport facility in the UK

Ip, K., She, K. & Adeyeye, K., 18 Oct 2017, In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 25, 20, p. 19247–19258 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Water efficient use, sustainable waste water treatment and management

    Adeyeye, K., Ip, K. & She, K., 1 Jan 2017, A Whole-System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings. Strong, D. & Burrows, V. (eds.). Boston, MA: Artech House, p. 151-155 5 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Aerodynamics in the open channel of the Sistan-type wind-mill with vertical axis wind turbine

    Baïri, A., Martin, D. S., Baïri, I., Adeyeye, O., She, K., Hocine, A., Alilat, N., Lamriben, C., Bauzin, J-G., Chanetz, B. & Laraq, N., 27 Nov 2016, In : International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow. 26, 8, p. 2298-2309 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Design factors and functionality matching in sustainability products: A study of eco-showerheads

    Adeyeye, K., She, K. & Baïri, A., 27 Nov 2016, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 142, 4, p. 4214-4229 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Waste heat recovery from showers: Case study of a university sport facility in the UK

    Ip, K. & She, K., 25 Sep 2016, Proceedings of the Water Efficiency Conference 2016. Bath, United Kingdom: Water Efficiency Network, University of Bath, p. 114-121 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

    Open Access