Richard Kimball, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Presidential Professor in Ocean Engineering and Energy

The University of Maine
5711 Boardman Hall, Room 201
Orono, ME  04469-5711
(207) 581-2130; Richard.W.Kimball@maine.edu

Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from MIT, 2001

External Engagements

  • Director of the Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory at Maine Maritime Academy: DOT University Transportation Center Tier I $4.2M grant. 9/13-3/19
  • UMaine DeepCwind project. Lead technical advisor on the scale model testing effort of floating offshore wind structures and wave basin testing at MARIN in the Netherlands
  • UMaine W2 Wind/Wave Basin development project (Wind system design)

Research Areas

  • Offshore Wind Energy: Floating systems development and testing
  • Marine diesel engine performance testing and emissions reduction research
  • Low emissions fuel development
  • Computer design of propellers and turbines
  • Tidal energy systems

Principal Sponsors

  • DOT, DOE, NSF, MTI

Select Research / Collaboration Activities

  • Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory, DOT UTC
  • UMaine DeepCwind project. Lead technical advisor on the scale model testing effort of floating offshore wind structures and wave basin testing at MARIN in the Netherlands
  • UMaine W2 Wind/Wave Basin development project (Wind system design)

Select Publications / Presentations

  • J. Goupee, R.W. Kimball and H.J. Dagher, 2017, Experimental observations of active blade pitch and generator control influence on floating wind turbine response, Renewable Energy 104:9-19
  • Scott J. Eaton, Travis T. Wallace, Brendyn G. Sarnacki, Thomas Lokocz Adams, Richard W. Kimball, Joshua A. Henry & George N. Harakas; Combustion and emissions of a glycerol-biodiesel emulsion fuel in a medium-speed engine, Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology (Online) 20 Aug 2018
  • Epps, B., Kimball, R.: Unified Rotor Lifting Line Theory, Journal of Ship Research, December 2013.
  • J. Goupee, R.W. Kimball, E.-J. De Ridder, A. Robertson, J. Helder, J.M. Jonkman ; A calibrated blade-element/momentum theory aerodynamic model of the MARIN stock wind turbine,  International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers Conference (ISOPE 2015) Kona, Hawaii, June 21‒26, 2015
  • Goupee,A., Koo, Bonjun, Kimball, R., Lambrakos, K; Experimental Comparison of Three Floating Wind Turbine Concepts, submitted to 31st Offshore and Artic Engineering Conference, Rio De Janaro, Brazil June 2012

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • New England Regional Chair; Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers 2010
  • ABET evaluator for Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture