Dr Stephen W Boyd is a full Professor within the Maritime Engineering group in the School of Engineering.
His research is primarily in the field of maritime composites. Stephen has a track record in obtaining funding to investigate the behaviour of both composite materials and structures to load. He has extensive experience in the use of non-contact techniques to obtain high-fidelity experimental data for the validation of numerical models. His research spans the length scales from investigaing stress concentrations at the end of an adhesiely bonded joint, to whole structture observations. Stephen has experience in testing at various velocities from quasi-static loading to high velocity testing and impact.
Complimentary to his research activites he is currently the academic lead of the Testing and Structures Research Laboratory (TSRL), a cross school facility focused on composite manufacture, materials and structural characterisation and non-contact imaging techniques.
Stephen is a keen sailor and as such also undertakes research in the performance prediction of sailing craft ranging from 19th Century merchant ships, to racing yachts and the America's cup. This area of Stephen's research attracts a lot of student projects, both undergraduate and post-graduate.
- Maritime Composites
- Experimental and Numerical mechanics
- Non-contact full-field techniques for validation of numerical models
- Sailing yacht performance prediction
- Experimental and numerical hydrofoil modelling
Stephen's current research activities can be found on the following web pages Google Scholar Page
Current PhD Students
External roles and responsibilities
Stephen obtained his BEng degree in Marine Technology from Newcastle University in 1999. He took the position of research assistant at Glasgow University where he obtained a MSc (by research). In 2001, Stephen moved to the University of Southampton as a research engineer and in 2006 completed his part-time PhD investigating the Strength and Durability of hybrid-composite metal joints for marine applications.
- Royal Institution of Naval Architects Wakeham Prize (2009)
- British Society for Strain Measurement’s Young Stress Analyst of the Year (2004)
- Vice Chancellors teaching award (2008)