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Dr Alexander Brian Phillips PhD, MEng (Hons), MRINA

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Dr Alexander Brian Phillips is Visiting Lecturer within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Current position:

Alexander is the head of Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) development within the Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems group at the National Oceanography Centre. He is a visiting lecturer in the Fluid Structure Interactions group where he contributes to research activities in the Maritime Robotics Laboratory and teaching on the masters level module in Maritime Robotics.

Career history

Alexander graduated in 2004 from the University of Southampton with a MEng (Hons) degree in Ship Science. This was followed by two years working as a Naval Architect in the offshore construction sector. He started his Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of Southampton, focusing on the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to the hydrodynamic design of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles working in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre. In 2009 he was appointed as the research fellow on the EPSRC funded project Nature in Engineering for Monitoring the Oceans (NEMO) (EPSRC details of grant). This project sought inspiration from nature to enhance the performance of the next generation of AUVs. In July 2012 he was appointed as a New Frontiers Fellow in the Fluid Structure Interaction Research group at the University of Southampton where he established the Maritime Robotics Laboratory, and led the development of the new maritime robotics module.

In march 2015 Alexander left the University to concentrate on his research interests in robotic systems.

free running ship model
Free Running Ship Model
Hover Capable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Research interests

Alexander is interested in the fluid flow around vehicles operating in the marine environment (ships, submarines, yachts etc.). He utilises a mixture of experimental and numerical techniques to gain insight into the flows and to predict the forces and moments acting on maritime vessels.

Alexander’s research is developing technologies that will enhance the performance of the next generation of maritime robots. He has led the development of the Delphin2 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle at the University of Southampton working in collaboration with the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems Group at the National Oceanography Centre.

Much of his work has concentrated on the development of numerical tools to predict the hydrodynamic performance of maritime vehicles. This can then be utilised to: reduce power consumption, improve manoeuvrability and be used to develop enhanced control strategies.

Current PhD students

Kantapon Tanakitkorn
Charles Badoe
James Hawkes

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Deployment of the Delphin2
autonomous tanker
Free Running Autonomous Tanker
autonomous underwater vehicle
Simulations of a self-propelled
NEMOdeep soft bodied deep diving autonomous underwater vehicle

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Research project(s)

Development of a Hover Capable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Delphin2 is a hover capable torpedo style AUV, developed at the University of Southampton to provide a test bed for research in marine robotics

Assessment of the effectiveness of fuel cell as an alternative technology for marine propulsion systems

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Dr Alexander Brian Phillips
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