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Dr Joseph Banks MEng, PhD


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Dr Joseph Banks is Lecturer within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Current Position:

Joe Banks is a Lecturer working in experimental and computational fluid dynamics research.  Current projects involve developing analysis tools for bend-twist coupled foil structures and various short-term projects for the Performance Sport Engineering Laboratory and the English Institute of Sport.


Joe graduated from the University of Southampton in 2009 with a First Class degree in Ship Science (Yacht and Small Craft), following a keen passion in sailing.  He continued to study for a PhD working with British Swimming and UK Sport during the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.  this focused on both experimental tools for coaches and athletes to use in a pool environment and numerical simulations of the flow around a swimmer.

Research interests

Joe is interested in the hydrodynamic performance of objects moving through a fluid.  This includes both experimental and numerical techniques for determining the forces acting on a body in a fluid flow.  Specific research projects that he has been involved in include:

  • Experimental techniques for measuring the structural response of flexible foils in a wind tunnel environment.  This has included Digital Image Correlation to obtain foil deflection and Particle Image Velocimetry to characterise the fluid structure interaction.
  • Fluid Structure Interaction simulations using CFD to develop tools to assess bend-twist coupled tailored composite designs.
  • Determining the resistance components of objects moving through a free surface using numerical simulation.
  • Developing experimental coaching tools for British Swimming in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, allowing a quantitative assessment of athlete's technique.

Research Pages

Performance Sport

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Research project(s)

Gothenburg 2010: rans simulations of the multiphase flow around the kcs hullform

Tailored composites for deformation control in unsteady fluid-structure interactions

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Dr Joseph Banks
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/3009

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