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Prof Dominic A Hudson BEng, PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MRINA

Shell Professor of Ship Safety and Efficiency, Head of the Fluid Structure Interactions Group

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Prof Dominic A Hudson is Shell Professor of Ship Safety and Efficiency within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Current Position

I am a currently the Shell Professor of Ship Safety and Efficiency at the University of Southampton and have research interests in all aspects of ship hydrodynamics, from the motions of high-speed craft to energy efficiency of large commercial ships. I am a member of the Performance Sports Engineering laboratory, working with UK Sport on projects for Bob Skeleton and British Swimming and continuing my long-standing interest in yacht performance. I am a member of the Fluid-structure interactions research group and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute. My teaching is in the areas of ship design and prediction of ship power requirements in calm water and for more realistic operation.

Honours and Awards

September 2013 Landrini Award for contributions to the International Community in the field of Numerical Ship Hydrodynamics (first ever UK recipient)
July 2008 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award for innovative teaching in Ship Design
April 2005 Royal Institution of Naval Architects Medal for paper of distinction
April 2004 Royal Institution of Naval Architects Samuel Baxter Prize
April 2004 Royal Institution of Naval Architects Bronze Medal for paper of distinction
April 2002 Royal Institution of Naval Architects Wakeham Prize
April 2002 Royal Institution of Naval Architects Bronze Medal for paper of distinction
March 2002 Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment Award

Career History

From an interest in sailing and engineering whilst at school, I chose to study Ship Science (or naval architecture) at Southampton. My third year project was on the motions of high-speed catamaran vessels – used as car and passenger ferries – and after graduating with a first class degree I was sufficiently interested to continue with this research topic as a part-time PhD student and Research Assistant, completing my PhD in 1999.

In order to gain industrial experience to improve my teaching, I spent a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment period working as a consultant naval architect with Three Quays Marine Services in London in 2003 and was appointed a Senior Lecturer in 2005. I was Course Coordinator for the Ship Science degree courses from 2008-2011 and Director of Programmes from 2011-2013. I am a Chartered Engineer and member of both the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

With my research interests I have been involved with both the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) and the International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC). For the ISSC I was a member of the specialist committees for Very Large Floating Structures (2003-2006) and Sailing Yacht Design (2006-2009) and for the ITTC a member of the special task committee on high speed marine vehicles (2008-2011). I am currently a member of the ITTC Seakeeping committee (2011-2014).

Through my work at Southampton I have spent periods as a visiting lecturer at Yokohama National University, Japan (2008) and visiting Associate Professor at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore (2011, 2012, 2013). From October-December 2013 I am a visiting research scientist with the Institute for High Performance Computing in Singapore as part of the IHPC-SMMI Joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore Engineering.

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of ship hydrodynamics and fluid flow around objects at the water surface. Consequently my research covers:

  • Energy efficient shipping – reducing a ship’s power requirement and hence the fuel consumed by global shipping; including work on areas such as added resistance in waves, hybrid propulsion systems, devices to improve propulsive efficiency, auxiliary kite and sail propulsion, Carbon Footprinting of the marine industry and organisations and weather-routing for improved operation.
  • Loads and responses of high speed mono- and multi-hull vessels in waves – to improve designs to reduce crew and passenger fatigue and sickness and improve structural design, including projects for planing craft and catamaran car and passenger ferries.
  • Yacht and small craft performance – in both calm water and waves.
  • Non-linear prediction of vessel motions
  • Ship manoeuvring in waves
  • Performance sports engineering - projects in swimming, Bob Skeleton, kayaking and rowing

Many of these research areas overlap and inter-link, but all rely on improving our understanding of the fluid flow past a ship (or object) and applying this to improve engineering performance.

In all of them I am interested in both the use of theory (and hence computer predictions) to solve an engineering problem and the comparison of these predictions with measured results in a laboratory or ‘real world’ situation.

PhD supervision

Bjorn Winden
Mark Pearce
Marion James
Scott Michaels
Erin McMurtry
Jon Coello
Jonathan Sheridan
Biju George
Juan Olaberria

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Affiliate research groups

Energy Technology, Carbon Management Research Group

Research project(s)

The influence of surface waves on the added resistance of merchant ships

Low carbon and hazardous emissions shipping

Aesthetic consideration in ship design

Fluid loads and motions of damaged ships

Simulating high performance craft for design and training

The Performance of Ships in Abnormal Waves

The appearance of abnormal, freak, or rogue, waves has become more high profile in recent decades with increased media attention. Abnormal waves may be the cause of previously unexplained ship losses. The number of reported, survived cases is also growing, such as the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1995. It is thus important to assess the impact of such waves on vessels in order to investigate the risks and safety thresholds and determine the survivability of ships when encountering abnormal waves.

Exchange tutor, Ship Science
Member of 27th ITTC Seakeeping Committee
Member of Council, Southern Joint Branch of RINA and IMarEST

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Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Marine Propulsion Engineering
SESS3006 Ship Science Module coordinator
Marine Craft Concept Design SESS3020 Ship Science Module coordinator
Fundamentals of Ship Science
SESS6001 Ship Science Lecturer
Systems Design and Computing
FEEG2001 Ship Science Lecturer
Basic Naval Architecture
SESS1015 Ship Science Lecturer
Individual Project
SESS3015 Ship Science Supervisor
Group Design Project
SESG6011 Ship Science Supervisor
Prof Dominic A Hudson
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton. SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/3011

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