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Professor Stephen R Turnock MA, SM, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FRINA, FHEA

Professor of Maritime Fluid Dynamics, Head of the Department of Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering

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Professor Stephen R Turnock is Professor of Maritime Fluid Dynamics and Head of the Department of Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Brief career summary for Professor Stephen Turnock


2010 - Professor of Maritime Fluid Dynamics
2008 - 2010 Reader in Maritime Fluid Dynamics
2002 - 2008 Senior Lecturer in Ship Science
1994 - 2002   Lecturer in Ship Science 
1992 - 1994   Research Fellow, Dept. of Ship Science 
1988 - 1992 Research Assistant, Dept. of Ship Science
1986 - 1988 Research Assistant, Aeronautics and Astronautics Dept., MIT
1995 C.Eng., M.I.MechE  
1993 Ph.D., University of Southampton
1988 S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1986 B.A., Pembroke College, University of Cambridge


Research interests

  • maritime computational fluid dynamics
  • marine renewable energy - tidal stream device performance
  • safety and the environment
  • high performance computing
  • experimental aero/hydrodynamics
  • ship manoeuvring, propulsion and thrusters
  • performance sports engineering and simulation

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Affiliate research group

Energy Technology

Research project(s)

Design and development of cost effective surface mounted water turbines for rural electricity production

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

Tailored composites for deformation control in unsteady fluid-structure interactions

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

Low carbon and hazardous emissions shipping

Predicting tidal turbine noise for environmental impact assessment

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

Simulation of tactical yacht racing: a human-psychological-physical AI-system in a dynamically changing yacht racing environment

Fluid-structure interactions for yacht sails

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.

Cavitation erosion-corrosion of ship propeller materials

Cavitation erosion-corrosion phenomenon is inevitable in marine propulsion system and has adverse effects on the life and functioning of the propellers. The intensity of the cavitation wear and the exact location of its occurrence have been found to be difficult to predict.The main aim of this PhD project is to identify cavitation wear-corrosion mechanism of marine materials used in propellers and rudders in order to characterize the materials based on their behaviour to cavitation erosion simulated by a vibratory probe device. Several tests will be conducted, with and without cavitation protection, using both direct and indirect methods of cavitation erosion tests along with incorporation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling of the experiment.This research is sponsored by the university research groups National Centre of Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) and Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI), along with Lloyd’s Register.

Development of a Hover Capable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Delphin2 is a hover capable torpedo style AUV, developed at the University of Southampton to provide a test bed for research in marine robotics

Assessment of the effectiveness of fuel cell as an alternative technology for marine propulsion systems

  • Chair of Wind Tunnel Steering Group
  • Industrial Tutor for Ship Science teaching programmes
  • Secretary of 24th ITTC committee on Committee on Cavitation Erosion on Propellers and Appendages on High Powered/High Speed Ships 2002-2005
  • Secretary of 25th ITTC Propulsion Committee 2005-2008
  • Secretary of 26th ITTC Resistance Committee 2008-2011
  • Member of International Ship and Offshore Structures Specialist Committee V.4 Ocean wave and wind energy utilization 2003-2009
  • Editorial Board Member of IMechE Part M Journal of Engineering in the Marine Environment
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Ocean Technology
  • Deputy Editor Journal of Marine Science and Technology
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Journal Special Issue


Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Advances in Resistance and Propulsion SESS6006 Ship Science Course leader
Powercraft Performance and Design SESS3012 Ship Science Course leader
Renewable Energy from the Environment SESS6058 Ship Science Course leader
Advanced Hydrodynamics For Design SESS6025 Ship Science Tutor
Introduction to Energy Technologies SESM6021 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Professor Stephen R Turnock
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/3009

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