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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 and Science Unit
Engineering and the Environment
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

For industrial enquiries: Dr Simon Gerrard +44 (0)23 8059 8708


Postgraduate opportunities




Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
David Shirley AldwinckleVisiting Professor
Trewut AnurakpanditPostgraduate research student
Rittirong AriyatanapolPostgraduate research student
Charles Erzan BadoeResearch Fellow
Joseph BanksNew Frontiers Fellow
Janice M BartonProfessor of Experimental Mechanics
Jahnabi BasumataryPostgraduate research student
Marcos BenegaPostgraduate research student
Sally BennettVisiting Fellow
James I R BlakeAssociate Professor
Jeanne BlanchardPostgraduate research student
Ponprot BoonpratpaiPostgraduate research student
David BossensPostgraduate research student
James Andrew BowkerPostgraduate research student
Stephen W BoydAssociate Professor
Giuseppe CaiazzoResearch fellow
Josef CamilleriPostgraduate research student
Yu CaoPostgraduate research student
Alex CattrellPostgraduate research student
John ChaplinProfessor
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 DzielendziakResearch Fellow
Francesco Giorgio-SerchiResearch Fellow
Chen GongPostgraduate Research Student
Apostolos GrammatikopoulosPostgraduate Research Student, Fluid Structure Interactions group
Przemyslaw GrudniewskiPostgraduate research student
James HawkesPostgraduate Research Student
Grant E HearnProfessor of Offshore Engineering Science
Catherine HollyheadPostgraduate research student (EngD)
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 LakshmynarayananaPostgraduate Research Student
Artur K LidtkeResearch Fellow
Jin Wei LimPhD Student
Thomas LloydVisiting Researcher
Laura Marimon GiovannettiVisiting Researcher
Andreas MathikolonisPostgraduate Research Student
Robert MayonPostgraduate research student
Jared D MazlanPostgraduate Research Student
Scott MichaelsPostgraduate Research Student
Anthony F MollandEmeritus Professor
Ugur MutluPostgraduate research student
Alexander Brian PhillipsVisiting Lecturer
Christopher W.G. PhillipsResearch Fellow
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 SobeyResearch Fellow
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 TownsendNew Frontiers Fellow
Stephen R TurnockProfessor of Maritime Fluid Dynamics
Yanxiang WanPostgraduate research student
Wei WangPostgraduate research student
Yikun WangResearch Fellow
ZhenZhou WangPostgraduate research student
Angus WebbRoyal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow
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
Li ZhuPostgraduate research student
Andhini Novrita Zurman NasutionPostgraduate Research Student

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