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Professor R Ajit Shenoi BTech, PhD, Ceng, FRINA, FIMechE

Professor of Lightweight Structures

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Professor R Ajit Shenoi is the Professor of Lightweight Structures within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. He is the founder and first Director of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI).

Professor Ajit Shenoi graduated in 1974 with a degree in naval architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Between 1974 and 1978 he worked successively in Mazagon Docks Bombay and Arya National Shipping Lines, Tehran before returning to academe, to the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow from where he obtained his doctorate in 1981. Since then he has been at the University of Southampton as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and, now, Professor. He is a Chartered Engineer, being a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Research interests

  • mechanics of composite materials
  • design of lightweight structures
  • concurrent engineering
  • structural health monitoring

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Research project(s)

Improvements to experimental approach for application of optical methods to high-speed testing of composites

An investigation into the face sheet debonding of glass balsa sandwich composites

Methodology for assessing the life extension of high performance marine craft

Aesthetic consideration in ship design

Structural modelling of damaged steel structures

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

Energy harvesting utilising the gyroscopic effect

Strength assessment of damaged ship structures

Reliability based life-time prediction and assessment of composite sandwich structures

Smart vibration control using magnetorheological elastomers in hybrid shear-compressive modes with application to maritime engineering

Innovative smart magnetic materials and smart structures with hybrid vibration energy control for marine application

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

Adaptive and smart materials and structures for more efficient vessels (Adam4eve)

Novel co-blended polymer matrix systems for fire resistant structural marine composites

RNLI Advanced Technology Partnership

Influence of ultimate strength on aged and corroded ships

Modelling the destructive power of corrosion

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Basic Naval Architecture SESS1015 Ship Science Course lecturer
Professor R Ajit Shenoi
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

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