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Dr Andhini Novrita Zurman Nasution Ph.D., Diplôme d'Ingénieur

Research Fellow in Engineering

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Dr Andhini Novrita Zurman-Nasution is a research fellow with 5-year professional experience in engineering within Engineering and the Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

She is currently sponsored by DSTL to work on the intermediate Reynolds number of flapping foils. Her research expertise covers computational fluid dynamics, unsteady flow and biological-inspired engineering. After graduated from Gadjah Mada University in 2007, she was awarded a fully-funded scholarship by Total SA to pursue a master’s degree in ENSAM France. In 2016, she was once again awarded a 4-year scholarship from the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) for doctoral study at the University of Southampton. Her PhD thesis was titled “Three-dimensional aspects of flapping foils”. She enjoys underwater activities as a freediver during her leisure time.


Ph.D., Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton 2021

Master Recherche & Diplome D’Ingenieur, Engineering, Arts et Metiers Paristech (ENSAM) 2010

Bachelor in Physics Engineering, Gadjah Mada University 2007


Research Fellow, University of Southampton (2021 – now)

Subsea Engineer, Technip FMC Jakarta (2013-2016)

Engineer, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (2011-2013)

Engineer Assistant, Areva T&D Rouen France (2009)


Research interests

Research keys:

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), fluid-structure interaction, biomimetic & bio-inspired engineering, high-fidelity Navier-Stokes simulation, unsteady & vortex dominated flow.

Past & Current research:

Flapping foils is becoming an inspiration for recent underwater robots. Swimming-animal propulsions exhibited from tails and flippers show interesting characteristics because of the flapping kinematics (oscillatory & undulatory). They are known for their high efficiency and less production of vortex breakdown if operated within the animal optimum ranges of Strouhal numbers. The flow outside of those ranges is dominated by three-dimensional flow features, making the computation expensive.

Research Projects

Intermediate Reynolds Number of flapping foils, DSTL UK Grant, PI: Gabriel D. Weymouth

Figure 1. 3D flow in infinite flapping foil, pitch & heave kinematics
Figure 1. 3D flow in infinite flapping foil, pitch & heave kinematics
Figure 2. 3D flow in swept-back finite foils
Figure 2. 3D flow in swept-back finite foils

Dr Zurman-Nasution is now studying flapping foils at higher Reynolds numbers and their applicability for underwater vehicles inspired by large animals.


Figure 3. Vortex-dominated flow generated by a swimming humpback whale
Figure 3. Vortex-dominated flow generated by a swimming humpback whale

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Affiliate research group

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

Fluid Structure Interactions Research Group

Postgraduate Student Representative 2017/2018

Tutoring for MSc. Student

(Past) Demonstrating for FEEG 1003 Thermofluids

Dr Andhini Novrita Zurman Nasution
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

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