After completing his Ph.D. on System Identification in Computational Fluid Dynamics in 2003, Richard joined GBR Challenge America’s Cup yacht racing team as a design analyst. Since then he was worked as a designer or technical consultant to sailors and yacht racing teams in many of the major competitions within the sport, such as: The America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe race, Olympics and the World Speed Sailing Record.
Before joining Plymouth University, Richard worked as a consultant Naval Architect both in a self-employed capacity and at the University of Southampton’s Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics. In these roles Richard achieved Chartered Engineer status with RINA, and gained a wide range of experience in the following areas:
- Sailing and Motor Yacht Design and Performance Prediction including hull form optimisation using Computational Fluid Dynamics.
- Model and full scale experimental tests on sailing yachts, motor boats and hovercraft.
- Yacht structural analysis for inclusion as appendix in Marine Accident Investigation Branch report.
- Winning TSB grant funding for collaborative research project with two industrial partners (High Efficiency Work Vessel: a 10m containerised catamaran work boat utilising high power diesel outboards).
- Electronics: Development of control and logging software for underwater towed array.
- Assisting aircraft operators in achieving EASA certification for modifications to existing aircraft.
- General Hydrodynamic Performance Prediction.
- Vessel Stability.
Richard’s research interests include:
CFD, System Identification Techniques, Marine Design, Experimental Methods & Techniques and Composite Manufacture for the marine applications.