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Dr Dominic J Taunton BEng(Hons), PhD, MRINA, FHEA


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Dr Dominic J Taunton is Lecturer within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Current position

Dr Taunton is currently a lecturer in the Fluid Structure Interactions Research Group and a member of the Performance Sports Engineering Laboratory. He is deputy admissions tutor for the Ship Science degree programme and area academic lead for the Austin Lamont towing tank.

Honours and awards
Career history

Dr Taunton received a Bachelor of Engineering with honours (Ship Science) from the University of Southampton in 1997. A Ph.D. in high-speed craft seakeeping from the University of Southampton followed in 2001. He then worked as a research fellow on the EPSRC funded ships’ wash impact management (SWIM) project and then the EU PACSCAT river freighter project. He left academia to work as a senior naval architect at BMT SeaTech Ltd, a naval architecture consultancy company providing bespoke ship simulation products and vessel performance monitoring and analysis. He returned to the University of Southampton in 2006 to work on a project investigating the design of high performance marine craft limited by human performance. In 2008 he was appointed as Roberts Fellow in Hydrosciences and in a lecturer in 2011.

Research interests

Dominic's research interests lie in improving the design and operation of ships and other maritime artefacts, in particular high speed craft, through the development of accurate but efficient tools for predicting and evaluating their performance. This has resulted in research in the following areas:

  • Experimental hydrodynamics of ships, in particular high speed craft such as catamarans and hard chine planing hulls.
  • Full scale measurements of vessel motions.
  • The prediction and measurement of wash waves at model and full scale.
  • The integration of human factors into the design process of maritime vessels.
  • Maritime simulation of ship manoeuvring, high speed craft seakeeping in waves and sailing yachts.

The experimental and numerical approaches developed for ships are now being adapted for use in performance sports such as swimming, rowing and canoeing.

Research projects

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Research project(s)

Optimized athlete body sensor networks for simulation-based performance analysis

We have developed a system of wearable sensors that gather information about the movement of athletes so that we can then simulate what their muscles are doing, their aerodynamic drag, etc. This will allow us to optimize the athlete's technique in much the same way as an aircraft's shape is optimized.

Simulating high performance craft for design and training

  • Deputy Admissions Tutor for Ship Science
  • Ship Science Part 1 Year Coordinator
  • Academic Area Lead for Lamont Towing Tank
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Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Design and Computing
FEEG1001 Engineering Tutor
System Design and Computing FEEG2001 Engineering Coordinator
Ship Structural Design and Production
SESS2016 Ship Science Coordinator
Ship Powering and Control Surfaces
SESS2018 Ship Science Tutor
Ship Design and Economics
SESS2017 Ship Science Coordinator
Powercraft Performance and Design SESS3012 Ship Science Tutor
Advances in Resistance and Propulsion SESS6006 Ship Science Tutor
Dr Dominic J Taunton
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/3023

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