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Research Group: Fluid Structure Interactions

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Head of Group: Professor Stephen R Turnock The aim of our work is to explore and understand the behaviour of engineering systems in a maritime environment with a view to improving the integration of design, production and operation, accounting for safety, economic and societal viewpoints. Systems include ships, submarines and submersibles, yachts and offshore structures. We seek to unify aspects of naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering, offshore engineering and the emerging subject of maritime engineering sciences.

Group Overview

We conduct fundamental and applied research in topics related to the dynamic behaviour of marine structures involving: the prediction of wave-induced motions and loads; mechanics of lightweight and composite structures; underwater systems engineering; and marine vehicle design. Other research strengths include:

Members of the group have a wide range of international links. Examples include: University of Delaware, USA (modelling risk in UAVs); Beijing University, China (intelligent structural health monitoring); University of Limerick (joint PhD supervision on stress analysis of biomedical devices); University of Perugia, Italy (joint PhD supervision on yacht–sailor interaction modelling); University of Newcastle, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, and University of Galati, Romania (benchmarking experimental and theoretical modelling of composite structures); and Yokohama National University, Japan (fluid–structure modelling in ocean space structures).

A significant feature of the work is the coalescing of fundamental research with the potential application domains which are achieved in collaboration with external partners. Four examples of such a linkage are:

  • Lloyd's Register University Technology Centre (LR UTC) in Hydrodynamics, Hydroelasticity and Mechanics of Composites
  • Advanced Technology Partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI ATP) on Maritime Science and Engineering
  • Performance Sports Engineering in collaboration with UK Sports
  • Centre of Excellence in Marine Structures in collaboration with Ministry of Defence, Lloyd's Register and University College London

Members of the group are also involved in various committees of the International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC) and International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC)

Contact us:

Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Unit

Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus
Burgess Road
SO16 7QF

Senior administrative officer: Melanie Hallford
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2192

Administrative officers:
Sheila Stickland
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8946

Aparna Subaiah-Varma
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7745

Satwant Virdee
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4914

For industrial enquiries: Dr Simon Gerrard +44 (0)23 8059 8708


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Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
Tauseef AhmedResearch student
David Shirley AldwinckleVisiting Professor
Trewut AnurakpanditPostgraduate research student
NU Rhahida AriniPostgraduate Research Student of FSI research group
Rittirong AriyatanapolPostgraduate research student
Charles Erzan BadoeResearch Fellow
Joseph BanksResearch Fellow
Janice M BartonProfessor of Experimental Mechanics
Ameen BassamPostgraduate research student
Jahnabi BasumataryPostgraduate research student
Sally BennettNew Frontiers Fellow
James I R BlakeAssociate Professor
Ponprot BoonpratpaiPostgraduate research student
James Andrew BowkerPostgraduate research student
Stephen W BoydAssociate Professor
Josef CamilleriPostgraduate research student
John ChaplinProfessor
Zhi-Min ChenLecturer
R M CrippsVisiting Professor
George DaddResearch student
Joanne DaviesResearch student
Kamal DjidjeliLecturer
Jon DownesLecturer in Ship Science and Maritime Engineering
Agnieszka S. DzielendziakPostgraduate research student
Richard K FruehmannResearch Fellow
Mirjam FürthPostgraduate research student
Chen GongPostgraduate Research Student
Alan GrovesProfessor
James HawkesPostgraduate Research Student
Grant E HearnProfessor of Offshore Engineering Science
Catherine HollyheadPostgraduate research student (EngD)
Dominic A HudsonShell Professor of Ship Safety and Efficiency
Marion JamesPostgraduate research student
Ali JavedResearch student with the CED research group
Mayur JogiaResearch student
Prin KanyooPostgraduate research student
Georgina Anne KeanePart time Senior Teaching Fellow
Puramharikrishnan Arun LakshmynarayananaPostgraduate Research Student
Yuan LiResearch Student
Artur K LidtkePhD student
Thomas LloydVisiting Researcher
Keith Sain-Gee ManResearch student
Laura Marimon GiovannettiPostgraduate research student
Andreas MathikolonisPostgraduate Research Student
Robert MayonPostgraduate research student
Shihua H MiaoResearch Fellow
Scott MichaelsPostgraduate Research Student
Anthony F MollandEmeritus Professor
Rachel Nicholls-LeeResearch Fellow
Alexander Brian PhillipsVisiting Lecturer
Christopher W.G. PhillipsResearch Fellow
Geraint PriceEmeritus Professor
Simon QuinnDirector of the Research Institute for Industry (RIfI)
Muhammad Zahir Bin RamliPostgraduate Research Student
Pareecha RattanasiriResearch student
Kyriaki SapounaResearch student
R Ajit ShenoiDirector, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
Adam J SobeyResearch Fellow
Matthew StreeterResearch student
Zhe SunPostgraduate research student
Mingyi TanLecturer
Kantapon TanakitkornPostgraduate research student
Dominic J TauntonLecturer
Pandeli TemarelHead of Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Academic Unit and Professor of Hydroelasticity
Ole Thybo ThomsenProfessor of Structures and Materials
Nicholas TownsendResearch Fellow
Stephen R TurnockProfessor of Maritime Fluid Dynamics
Wei WangPostgraduate research student
Yikun WangResearch Fellow
Angus WebbRoyal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow
Gabriel David WeymouthSouthampton Marine and Maritime Lecturer
Philip A WilsonProfessor of Ship Dynamics
Björn WindénVisiting researcher
Jing Tang XingEmeritus Professor of Applied Mechanics
Y P XiongAssociate Professor
Shufeng ZhangResearch student
Li ZhuPostgraduate research student
Guanghong ZhuPostgraduate research student

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Wave Making Drag Prediction for Improved Design of Marine CraftsActive
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Potential for evaluating residual stress using thermoelastic stress analysisActive
Fluid loads and motions of damaged shipsActive
Reliability based life-time prediction and assessment of composite sandwich structuresActive
Preparation of section properties for 2d anti-symmetric analysis of ship with structural discontinuitiesActive
The effect of flexibility on the design and performance of inflatable boats, plus environmental considerationsActive
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Applications of thermography for material and structures monitoring and assessmentActive
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Smart MRE Materials and Structures for Adaptive Vibration ControlActive
A Mixed Finite Element-Smoothing Particle method for Nonlinear FSI Problems, with Applications to Maritime EngineeringActive
Development of a Hover Capable Autonomous Underwater VehicleActive
Minimising the Propulsive Power Consumption of a Fleet of AUVs Active
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Smart Materials and Structures with Hybrid Nonlinear Vibration Control for Marine ApplicationsActive
Infra-red Technique for Damage Tolerant Sandwich StructuresActive
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Minimising the propulsive power consumption of a fleet of AUVsActive
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Lessons from nature for engineeringActive
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The Performance of Ships in Abnormal WavesActive
Novel approach to MRE smart materials and structures for suppressing vibration and noiseActive
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Power Flow Active Control of Aeroelastic Flutter for a Nonlinear Airfoil with FlapActive
Design and Development of Effective Nonlinear Energy HarvestersActive
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Strength assessment of damaged ship structuresActive
Investigations on power flow analysis of nonlinear dynamic systems and applicationsActive
Advanced Multi-scale Strain Based Non-Destructive Evaluation (AMUSED)Active
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Wake Detection Ability and Self-Induced Motion Suppression of Whisker-like GeometriesActive
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Structural Analysis and Loads for a Modular Nuclear Merchant ShipActive
Unstructured MEL modelling of 3D Ship HydrodynamicsActive
Investigation of Numerical Methods for Achieving Energy Efficient ShipsActive
Hydrothermal Ageing and the Implications of Adopting Sustainable Composite Materials for Structural Marine ApplicationsActive
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Meshfree Particle Methods for Fluid Structure Interaction Problems, with Applications to Aerospace Engineering Active
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Numerical Investigations on Fluid-Structure Ineractions Using Particle Based Methods for Marine ApplicationsActive
Passive-Adaptive Composite Structures for Unsteady Fluid Loading Active
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Aesthetic consideration in ship designActive
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