Francois Flocard

Francois Flocard
Principal Engineer - Water & Energy
UNSW Water Research Laboratory
Contact details:
(+61) 2 8071 9823

Dr Francois Flocard holds a Master of Engineering Science degree, majoring in Hydraulics, and was awarded his PhD from the University of Sydney on the subject of Physical Modelling of Wave Energy Conversion Processes. Francois is an expert in the field of renewable ocean wave energy; he has managed the installation of a 250 kW pilot device in Victoria and led several large studies related to wave dynamics and wave energy conversion processes over the last 10 years. 

Francois is an expert in the field of renewable ocean wave energy


Francois has managed projects in the fields of coastal hazards, wave energy conversion, coastal structures, climate change adaptation, physical and numerical modelling, and coastal monitoring. Francois brings the combined attributes of a practical engineering background and academic analysis to resolve complex coastal and hydraulic problems.

Francois is actively involved in collaborative research work (author of 14 peer-reviewed publications) related to the assessment of climate change effects in the coastal zone as well as innovative coastal protection solutions and wave energy. He also has extensive experience in accurate data management, processing and analysis (i.e. time series, statistical and spectral analysis methods) as well as geographic information systems (GIS).

Francois is an expert in 2D and 3D physical modelling with expertise in the application of over 20 physical models for assessing coastal, marine structures and wave energy devices; and lead the development of wave maker control interfaces and wave signal analysis software at UNSW Sydney.