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


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Dr Mingyi Tan is Lecturer within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Mingyi Tan is a lecturer in Ship Science, within Engineering and Physical Sciencest with a background in applied mechanics, numerical analysis and computer simulations.

He studied the engineering mechanics and obtained his BSc and MEng degrees at 1982 and 1984 in Tsinghua University, China. He received his PhD in 1994 from University of Southampton on computational fluid dynamics. He then worked as a research fellow until 2007 and as a lecturer since.

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 researches. He has also collaborated in research with organisations such as BMT, Lloyds Register and DSME

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
  • Computer vision system in robotic applications.

Research group

Maritime Engineering

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 codeDisciplineRole
Ship Powering and Control Surfaces SESS2018 Ship Science Course leader
Fundamentals of Ship Science SESS6065 MES MSc  
Dr Mingyi Tan
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/3031

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