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

Associate Professor in Ship Science and Maritime Engineering

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Dr Dominic Taunton is an Associate Professor in Ship Science and Maritime Engineering within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Dominic 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 in 2001. He then worked as a research fellow on the EPSRC funded ships’ wash impact management (SWIM) project and the EU PACSCAT river freighter project. He worked 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 a lecturer in 2011.


BEng(Hons), Ship Science, University of Southampton, 1997

PhD, University of Southampton, 2001

Research interests

Dominic’s research interests lie in improving the design and operation of ships and other maritime artefacts, in particular high speed craft such as semi-displacement catamarans and hard chine planning craft, through the development of accurate but efficient tools for predicting and evaluating their performance.

Experimental Hydrodynamics

This research focuses on the efficient use of experiments at both model and full-scale to measure the hydrodynamic performance of various ship types and maritime artefacts from wave energy devices to aircraft ditching on water. Recent research has looked at methods for quiescent period prediction for safe launch and recovery.

Human Element

This research developed from a project to integrate human performance into the design of high speed planning craft. This integration of the human element into the design process has resulted in collaborations with human element experts in order to improve ship design and operation. This approach has led to the development of human like autonomy behaviours to improve the seakeeping and fuel consumption of autonomous surface vehicles.

Performance Sports Engineering

This research uses experimental and numerical approaches, often originally developed for ships, adapted for use in performance sports such as swimming, rowing, sailing and canoeing. This has included the development of test equipment and physics based simulators

MPhil/PhD Research

An Inertial Sensor Based System for Quantification of Training and Technique Development for Elite Swimmers. Scott Michaels. PhD. 2020

The effect of fatigue on performance in complex visuo-cognitive tasks. Gemma Hanson. PhD. 2019

The effects of acute psychosocial stress on the attentional networks. Stuart Pugh. PhD. 2019

Experimental and numerical investigation of slamming loads on high-speed craft including hydroelastic effects. Josef Camilleri. PhD

A numerical study of resistance components of high-speed catamarans and the scale effects on form factor. Sarawuth Srinakaew. PhD. 2017

On the search to reduce a swimmer’s resistance. Surface-piercing bluff bodies over the critical Re-Fr range. Marion James. PhD. 2016

A numerical study of resistance components of high-speed catamarans and the scale effects on form factor. Prin Kanyoo. PhD. 2016

The vibrations of an RNLI D-class inflatable lifeboat: hydroelasticity, boat motion and noise. Peter Halswell. EngD. 2014

Analysis of downwind sail structures using non-linear shell finite elements: wrinkle development and fluid interaction effects. Daniele Trimarchi. PhD. 2012.

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

Ship Science Deputy Admissions Tutor

Ship Science Part 1 Year Coordinator

Member of Faculty Ethics Committee

Academic Area Lead for the Performance Sports Engineering Laboratory

Academic Area Lead for the Austin Lamont Towing Tank

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SESS2017 – Ship Design and Economics

SESS2020 – Ship Resistance and Propulsion

SESS2021 – System Design and Computing for Ships

SESS3022 – Ship Manoeuvring and Control

SESS6065 – Fundamentals of Ship Science

SESS6066 – Sailing Yacht and Powercraft Design

Dr Dominic Taunton
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number : 176/3023

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