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Research Group: Fluid Structure Interactions

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Head of Group: Professor Dominic A Hudson                                                                                               The aim of our work is to explore and understand the behaviour of engineering systems in a maritime environment with a view to improving the integration of design, production and operation, accounting for safety, economic and societal viewpoints. Systems include ships, submarines and submersibles, yachts and offshore structures. We seek to unify aspects of naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering, offshore engineering and the emerging subject of maritime engineering sciences.

Group Overview

We conduct fundamental and applied research in topics related to the dynamic behaviour of marine structures involving: the prediction of wave-induced motions and loads; mechanics of lightweight and composite structures; underwater systems engineering; and marine vehicle design. Other research strengths include:

Members of the group have a wide range of international links. Examples include: University of Delaware, USA (modelling risk in UAVs); Beijing University, China (intelligent structural health monitoring); University of Limerick (joint PhD supervision on stress analysis of biomedical devices); University of Perugia, Italy (joint PhD supervision on yacht–sailor interaction modelling); University of Newcastle, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, and University of Galati, Romania (benchmarking experimental and theoretical modelling of composite structures); and Yokohama National University, Japan (fluid–structure modelling in ocean space structures).

A significant feature of the work is the coalescing of fundamental research with the potential application domains which are achieved in collaboration with external partners. Four examples of such a linkage are:

  • Lloyd's Register University Technology Centre (LR UTC) in Hydrodynamics, Hydroelasticity and Mechanics of Composites
  • Advanced Technology Partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI ATP) on Maritime Science and Engineering
  • Performance Sports Engineering in collaboration with UK Sports
  • Centre of Excellence in Marine Structures in collaboration with Ministry of Defence, Lloyd's Register and University College London

Members of the group are also involved in various committees of the International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC) and International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC)

FSI Graduate Seminars

Fluid Structure Interactions Blog

Southampton Sailing Robot Team Blog

Contact us:

Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering
Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Southampton
Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus
Burgess Road
SO16 7QF

Administrative officers:

Aparna Subaiah-Varma
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7745

Kelly Carter
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2692

Melanie Hallford
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2192

Sheila Stickland
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8946

Satwant Virdee
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4914


Postgraduate opportunities




Research Staff

List of all staff members in Fluid Structure Interactions
Staff MemberPrimary Position
Dominic A HudsonHead of group
David Shirley AldwinckleVisiting Professor
Trewut AnurakpanditPostgraduate research student
Joseph BanksNew Frontiers Fellow
Janice M BartonProfessor of Experimental Mechanics
Marcos BenegaPostgraduate research student
Sally BennettVisiting Fellow
James I R BlakeAssociate Professor
Jeanne BlanchardPostgraduate research student
David BossensPostgraduate research student
Stephen W BoydAssociate Professor
Giuseppe CaiazzoResearch fellow
Yu CaoPostgraduate research student
Alex CattrellPostgraduate research student
John ChaplinEmeritus Professor
Firdaus Tasnim Che PaPostgraduate research student
Mehmet CihanPostgraduate research student
R M CrippsVisiting Professor
Kamal DjidjeliLecturer
Jon DownesLecturer in Ship Science and Maritime Engineering
Agnieszka S DzielendziakVisiting Researcher
Francesco Giorgio-SerchiVisiting Researcher
Apostolos GrammatikopoulosPostgraduate research student, Fluid Structure Interactions group
Przemyslaw GrudniewskiPostgraduate research student
Grant E HearnProfessor of Offshore Engineering Science
Dominic A HudsonShell Professor of Ship Safety and Efficiency
Eko IlmanPostgraduate research student
Georgina Anne KeanePart time Senior Teaching Fellow
Byoung Guk KimPostgraduate research student
Puramharikrishnan Arun LakshmynarayananaResearch Fellow
Artur K LidtkeVisiting Researcher
Jin Wei LimPhD Student
Thomas LloydVisiting Researcher
Laura Marimon GiovannettiVisiting Researcher
Andreas MathikolonisPostgraduate research student
Anthony F MollandEmeritus Professor
Ugur MutluPostgraduate research student
Alexander Brian PhillipsVisiting Lecturer
Christopher W.G. PhillipsVisiting Researcher
Geraint PriceEmeritus Professor
Simon QuinnDirector of the Research Institute for Industry (RIfI)
Hossam RaghebPostgraduate research student
Sophia SchillaiPostgraduate research student
R Ajit ShenoiDirector, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
Adam J SobeyLecturer
Sarawuth SrinakaewPostgraduate research student
Mingyi TanLecturer
Kantapon TanakitkornVisiting Academic
Dominic J TauntonLecturer
Pandeli TemarelProfessor of Hydroelasticity
Ole Thybo ThomsenProfessor of Structures and Materials
Blair ThorntonAssociate Professor of Oceanic Engineering Science
Nicholas TownsendLecturer
Stephen R TurnockProfessor of Maritime Fluid Dynamics
Yanxiang WanPostgraduate research student
Yikun WangResearch Fellow
ZhenZhou WangPostgraduate research student
Gabriel David WeymouthAssociate Professor
Philip A WilsonProfessor of Ship Dynamics
Björn WindénVisiting researcher
Jing Tang XingEmeritus Professor of Applied Mechanics
Y P XiongAssociate Professor
Ikhwan Shafiq Zainal AbdinPostgraduate research student
Andhini Novrita Zurman NasutionPostgraduate Research Student

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