School of Marine Science and Technology | Marine Hydrodynamics and Structures (MHS)

Marine Hydrodynamics and Structures (MHS)

The School of Marine Science and Technology has always been a leading research institution in the area of Marine Hydrodynamics and Structures. In recent years it has been active both in carrying out research to internationally recognised standards and in facilitating the translation of this research to industry.

The work of the MHS research group encompasses hydrodynamics, structures and materials and their integration for the design, production and operation of merchant and naval ships, leisure craft, offshore structures, wind/water renewable energy devices, submarines and submersibles, taking into account environmental, economic, social and safety related factors. Consequently we work closely with our marine science colleagues in the school.

Environmental sustainability provides an important motivation for our research themes and interests, which include ship stability and safety; marine hydrodynamics; propulsive performance of ships; marine structures; damaged tolerant marine structural design; fatigue and fracture of marine structures; offshore renewable energy devices; dynamics of marine vehicles; experimental mechanics; ship design; fluid–structure interactions; marine computational fluid dynamics and Arctic operations and ice mechanics.

The major driver of MHS research is the design, analysis and safety of energy efficient and environmentally friendly ships and other marine structures, with a view to how we can improve our understanding of various flow phenomena that govern complex behaviours of ships/marine structures and of the progressive collapse of intact and damaged marine structures. These aspects are addressed using MaST’s expertise in theoretical and experimental mechanics.

Research questions


  • What are the current critical drivers for the energy efficiency of ships involving their hydrodynamics?
  • What are the current critical drivers for the most environmentally friendly ships and other marine structures?
  • How can we improve our understanding of flow phenomena governing complex ship and marine structural behaviour?


  • How can we make ships safer and more damage tolerant?
  • How safe are large open deck ships subjected to combined bending and torsional loads?
  • How do we ensure the safety of marine renewable energy devices subjected to time domain fatigue loads?
  • What do increased Arctic operations mean for the safety of current and future marine vehicles?

Typical research funders

EPSRC, European Commission, Lloyds Register, International Paint and industrially funded research, TSB, UK MoD, and the US Office of Naval Research

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