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Research Group: Maritime Engineering

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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.

Head of Group: Professor Dominic A Hudson

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)

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:

Satwant Virdee
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7745

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

Azra Jaffry
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4914

List of related projects to Maritime Engineering
Related ProjectsStatus
Maritime Energy – sustainable and secure Active
Passive-Adaptive Composite Structures for Unsteady Fluid Loading Active
Structural Analysis and Loads for a Modular Nuclear Merchant ShipActive
Smart Materials and Structures with Hybrid Nonlinear Vibration Control for Marine ApplicationsActive
Full-Field Optical Techniques for High Strain Rate Behaviour Investigation on Glass Fibre Reinforced PolymersActive
Assessment of the effectiveness of fuel cell as an alternative technology for marine propulsion systemsActive
The Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchanges with China Major Award 2010Active
Aesthetic consideration in ship designActive
A new tool to identify defects in adhesively bonded jointsActive
Numerical simulation of interfacial fluid flows by an anti-diffusive VOF methodActive
Fluid Structure Interactions projects summaryActive
Simulating high performance craft for design and trainingActive
Advanced Multi-scale Strain Based Non-Destructive Evaluation (AMUSED)Active
How important are defects in marine structural composites?Active
INSPIRE CASE PhD: Drones Against Climate Change (DACC): improving the estimates of forest fire smoke emissionsActive
Investigation of Wall-Bounded Turbulence over Sparsely Distributed RoughnessActive
Interactions of Fluid and Soft Bodied Structures with Applications to Wave Energy DeviceActive
Design and Development of Duct-Diffuser Augmented Propeller Low Head Hydro TurbinesActive
Wave Making Drag Prediction for Improved Design of Marine CraftsActive
Hydrothermal Ageing and the Implications of Adopting Sustainable Composite Materials for Structural Marine ApplicationsActive
Design of High Speed Craft from a Human Factors PerspectiveActive
Fluid-structure interactions for yacht sailsActive
Wave making drag prediction for improved design of marine craftsActive
Predicting tidal turbine noise for environmental impact assessmentActive
Low carbon and hazardous emissions shippingActive
Influence of Ultimate Strength on Aged and Corroded ShipsActive
Investigations on power flow analysis of nonlinear dynamic systems and applicationsActive
Anaconda - Wave Energy ConverterActive
Investigation of Wave Impact on Permeable Structures for Coastal DefencesActive
Novel co-blended polymer matrix systems for fire resistant structural marine compositesActive
LR/MoD Centre of Excellence for Marine StructuresActive
Smart MRE Materials and Structures for Adaptive Vibration ControlActive
REsidual Stress and structural Integrity Studies using Thermography (RESIST)Active
Crust Formation on Natural RubberActive
Pulse Phase Thermography and its Application to Defects in Adhesively Bonded JointsActive
Numerical Investigations on Fluid-Structure Ineractions Using Particle Based Methods for Marine ApplicationsActive
Portus ProjectActive
Numerical Investigation into Potential Flow Around High-Speed Hydrooil Assisted CraftActive
Smart vibration control using magnetorheological elastomers in hybrid shear-compressive modes with application to maritime engineeringActive
Energy harvesting utilising the gyroscopic effectActive
Improvements to experimental approach for application of optical methods to high-speed testing of compositesActive
Lightweight composite and sandwich structuresActive
Prediction of Aircraft Exhaust NoiseActive
Adaptive and smart materials and structures for more efficient vessels (Adam4eve)Active
A Mixed Finite Element-Smoothing Particle method for Nonlinear FSI Problems, with Applications to Maritime EngineeringActive
Optimized athlete body sensor networks for simulation-based performance analysisActive
The Performance of Ships in Abnormal WavesActive
EPSRC-Shaping Capacity Award: “Novel energy flow based dynamic topology optimizations for light-weight marine structures to suppress vibration and noise radiation"Active
Maritime sport and leisureActive
Permeability and Cure Measurements in the Vacuum Assisted Resin Infusion Process for Validation of PAM-RTMActive
Nonlinear Hydrodynamic Analysis of Floating Structures Subject to Ocean EnvironmentsActive
Adaptive Composite Blades for Horizontal Axis Tidal TurbinesActive
RNLI University Technology CentreActive
Fluid loads and motions of damaged shipsActive
MoD Centre of ExcellenceActive
Digital image correlation for high strain rate behaviour investigation on glass fibre reinforced polymersActive
The use of optical techniques to assess the performance of composite materials under high velocity deformationsActive
The influence of surface waves on the added resistance of merchant shipsActive
Numerical Modelling of Scour around Complex 3D StructuresActive
Through life performance of sustainable compositesActive
Why Do Wings Make Engines Noisier?Active
Security of boat moorings and harvesting their energyActive
Ocean Survey and Autonomous Sampling Using Multi-Agent SystemsActive
Accurate Cartesian-grid modeling of unsteady and separating flowsActive
Development of Printed Smart Fabric Sensors for the Marine IndustryActive
Novel approach to MRE smart materials and structures for suppressing vibration and noiseActive
The Influence of Surface Waves on the Added Resistance of Merchant ShipsActive
Design and Development of Effective Nonlinear Energy HarvestersActive
Hydroelastic Inflatable Boats: A Possible Design MethodologyActive
Ship Hydrodynamics - Wave Induced Motions and LoadsActive
Lightweight and High Performance ShipsActive
Analysis of adhesively-bonded composite jointsActive
Lloyds Register University Techology CentreActive
Body Non Linear 3D HydroelasticityActive
Minimising the propulsive power consumption of a fleet of AUVsActive
Nonlinear Power Flow Active Control of Aeroelastic Flutter of Flappled AirfoilsActive
Lessons from nature for engineeringActive
Development of a Hover Capable Autonomous Underwater VehicleActive
Development of advanced non-destructive damage detection approach using vibrational power flowActive
Design and Development of Duct-Diffuser Augmented Propeller Low Head Hydro TurbinesActive
Thermal Degradation of Polymeric Foam Cored Sandwich StructuresActive
Unstructured MEL modelling of 3D Ship HydrodynamicsActive
Low Carbon and Hazardous Emissions ShippingActive
Power Flow Active Control of Aeroelastic Flutter for a Nonlinear Airfoil with FlapActive
Infra-red Sensing for Materials Characterisation and Damage AssessmentActive
Linear interaction between compressibility and a gravity field for barotropic fluidsActive
Thermal degradation of foam cored sandwich structuresActive
Innovative smart magnetic materials and smart structures with hybrid vibration energy control for marine applicationActive
Simulation of tactical yacht racing: a human-psychological-physical AI-system in a dynamically changing yacht racing environmentActive
Air entrainment in the wake of a transom sternActive
Full-field data-rich experimental approaches to explain composite material and structural performance and its damage tolerance (DAMTOL)Active
Modelling and prediction of residual stressActive
Investigations on Structure-Isolator Interaction System for Particular Vibration Isolation Performance Active
Prediction of hydrodynamics characteristics of naval vesselsActive
Modelling Characterisation and Development of New Magnetorheological Materials with Enhanced Vibration ControlActive
Vibration Power Flow Analysis of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems and ApplicationsActive
Investigation of Wall-Bounded Turbulence over Sparsely Distributed RoughnessActive
Investigation of Numerical Methods for Achieving Energy Efficient ShipsActive
Infra-red Technique for Damage Tolerant Sandwich StructuresActive
Low Carbon Ship DesignActive
Investigation and development of a new effective nonlinear energy harvesterActive
Reliability based life-time prediction and assessment of composite sandwich structuresActive
Preparation of section properties for 2d anti-symmetric analysis of ship with structural discontinuitiesActive
Dynamic characteristics of ocean platform with mooring systemActive
Design and development of cost effective surface mounted water turbines for rural electricity productionActive
Structural modelling of damaged steel structuresActive
Strength assessment of damaged ship structuresActive
Investigations of Nonlinear Fluid-Solid Interaction Dynamic Systems for Wave Energy HarvestingActive
INSPIRE CASE PhD: Developing a practical application of unmanned aerial vehicle technologies for conservation research and monitoring of endangered wildlifeActive
A Particle Based Method for Flow Simulations in Hydrodynamics and HydroelasticityActive
Minimising the Propulsive Power Consumption of a Fleet of AUVs Active
Syncronised IRT and DIC Capture to Measure the Strain Rate Dependency of Fibre Reinforced CompositesActive
Using Synthetic Turbulence as an Inlet Condition for Large Eddy SimulationsActive
Gyroscopic Energy HarvestingActive
Swimming Data CaptureActive
Tailored composites for deformation control in unsteady fluid-structure interactionsActive
Potential for evaluating residual stress using thermoelastic stress analysisActive
The effect of flexibility on the design and performance of inflatable boats, plus environmental considerationsActive
Applications of thermography for material and structures monitoring and assessmentActive
Optimisation of a fleet of AUVs to minimise energy dissipationActive
Methodology for assessing the life extension of high performance marine craftActive
Use of cryogenic buoyancy systems for controlled removal of heavy objects from the seabedActive
Numerical investigations on fluid-structure interactions using particle based methods for marine applicationsActive
An investigation into the face sheet debonding of glass balsa sandwich compositesActive
Gothenburg 2010: rans simulations of the multiphase flow around the kcs hullformActive
Ship Hydraulics (Sloshing)Active
Integrated Design for Production to Ensure Sustainability in Marine TransportationActive
Damage Assessment Tool for Marine StructuresActive
RNLI Advanced Technology PartnershipActive
Enhanced Performance of Sandwich Structures by Improved Damage Tolerance (SANTIGUE2)Active
IRIS PhD Studentship - Including the Aurora in Spacecraft Orbit PredictionActive
Fast escape underwater vehicle inspired by the octopus jettingActive
Wake Detection Ability and Self-Induced Motion Suppression of Whisker-like GeometriesActive
Power flow topology optimizations for engineering structures to suppress vibration and noiseActive
Aquatic Soft Robots for Environmental SensingDormant
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