Dr Simon Benson
Lecturer

 Introduction

Dr Simon Benson is a lecturer in Naval Architecture in the School of Marine Science and Technology. He is also the undergraduate admissions tutor for marine technology.

Simon is a member of the hydrodynamics and marine structures research group. With a background in marine structures, his research investigates the structural and hydrodynamic response of ships and offshore structures to extreme loads.  He is currently involved in research involving cargo ships, naval ships, remotely operated vehicles, marine renewable devices and search & rescue craft. He is involved in research work supported by the Office of Naval Research (USA), the UK Technology Strategy Board and directly through industrial partners. He is a current member of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) - Committee III.1 Ultimate Strength.

Simon completed his PhD investigating the structural performance of aluminium high speed ships. He continued post doctoral research in this field, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and was appointed to his current position in 2012.

Research

Research encompasses aspects of naval architecture, structural analysis and fluid-structure interaction. Current research interests include:

  • the development of simplified progressive collapse analysis methods to predict the strength characteristics of intact and damaged ships;
  • buckling and collapse assessment of thin walled stiffened structures;
  • the use of aluminium in large lightweight ships;
  • development of robust nonlinear finite element methods for analysis and design of marine structures;
  • recoverability of damaged ships;
  • launch and recovery hydrodynamics of subsea ROVs

Teaching

  • Marine Mechanics (Stage 1)
  • Materials in the Marine Environment (Stage 1)
  • Marine Structures (Stage 2)
  • Engineering Applications (Stage 2)
  • Ship / Small Craft Design (Stage 3)
  • Advanced Marine Structures (Stage 4 / MSc)
  • Mooring and Riser Analysis and Design (Stage 4 / MSc)

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Stage One Tutor

Software/Programming Expertise

 Proficiency, with industrial experience, in computing for engineering applications, including:

  • Naval Architecture: Maxsurf, Tribon
  • Structural Analysis: HECSalv, Maestro, Abaqus, Hyperworks
  • Hydrodynamics: SESAM, FDWaveload, OrcaFlex
  • Programming: Python, Matlab.
  • CAD: AutoCAD, Inventor, Rhino3D.

Qualifications

PhD Marine Structures, Newcastle University, 2011

MEng Naval Architecture, Newcastle University, 2005

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Research encompasses aspects of naval architecture, structural analysis and fluid-structure interaction. Current research interests include:

  • the development of simplified progressive collapse analysis methods to predict the strength characteristics of intact and damaged ships;
  • buckling and collapse assessment of thin walled stiffened structures;
  • the use of aluminium in large lightweight ships;
  • development of robust nonlinear finite element methods for analysis and design of marine structures;
  • recoverability of damaged ships;
  • launch and recovery hydrodynamics of subsea ROVs

Current member of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) - Committee III.1 Ultimate Strength.

Experience in specialist marine structural analysis including nonlinear finite element analysis, progressive collapse analysis, buckling analysis and first principles approaches. As part of the Marine Structures research team at Newcastle University he has worked on projects investigating various structural problems including the development of structural analysis codes for the Office of Naval Research, analysis work for an ISSC benchmark study and collaborative research work validating physical test results.

 

Current Modules

  • Marine Mechanics (Stage 1)
  • Materials in the Marine Environment (Stage 1)
  • Marine Structures (Stage 2)
  • Engineering Applications (Stage 2)
  • Ship / Small Craft Design (Stage 3)
  • Advanced Marine Structures (Stage 4 / MSc)
  • Mooring and Riser Analysis and Design (Stage 4 / MSc)