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Dr Mingyi Tan BSc, MEng, PhD, FHEA, MRINA, MIMarEST


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Mingyi Tan is a lecturer in Maritime Engineering and Ship Science, within Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton.

Mingyi has a background in applied mechanics, numerical analysis and computer simulations.

BSc, Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 1982

Meng, Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 1984

PhD, Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Southampton, 1994

Mingyi is experienced in both development and applications of computational methods for fluids, and fluid-structure interactions and he has expertise in computer simulations and software solutions to problems found in different engineering disciplines and industry.

Mingyi has been working on a number of research and consultant projects, such as a sloshing analysis for IHI, a pipe flow study for National Grid and hydrodynamic analysis of a wave energy device for Carbon Trust. Some of the software tools developed from these projects are also used for student projects and further research. He has also collaborated in research with organisations such as BMT, Lloyds Register and DSME.

He worked as a Research Fellow in the University until 2007 and then as a Lecturer since.

Research interests

Mingyi’s main research interests are in the development and applications of numerical methods for computer-based simulation of physical processes encountered in different engineering fields. These involve dynamics analysis; computational fluid dynamics and fluid structure interaction and the related application areas include:

  • Liquid sloshing in partially filled tanks;
  • Violent flow simulations using particle-based method;
  • Wave energy device analysis with fluid structure interaction;
  • Flooding of damaged ship.

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Affiliate research group


Research project(s)

Wave making drag prediction for improved design of marine crafts

Numerical investigations on fluid-structure interactions using particle based methods for marine applications

Fluid loads and motions of damaged ships

Use of cryogenic buoyancy systems for controlled removal of heavy objects from the seabed

Investigation of Wave Impact on Permeable Structures for Coastal Defences

Investigation of Wave Impacts on Porous Structures for Coastal Defences

There is scientific interest in understanding the underlying wave impact dynamics on solid and/or permeable/Impermebale structures for coastal defences. The accurate and validated simulation of the dynamics of the flow prior to, at and after impact has been an outstanding and challenging numerical problem in CFD.

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Module titleModule codeRole
Fundamentals of Ship Science SESS6065  
Ship Resistance and Propulsion SESS2020 Module Lead
Induction for Ship Science SESS1200 Lead


Dr Mingyi Tan
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number : 176/3031

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