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The aim of our work at University of Southampton 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.

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:

  • experimental mechanics
  • ocean engineering sciences
  • ship design
  • fluid–structure interactions
  • hydroelasticity
  • marine computational fluid dynamics
  • dynamics of marine vehicles

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)

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