Dr Joseph O'Connor


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Joe is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics group. His research is aimed at developing a free-surface fluid-structure interaction model to examine the role that coastal vegetation can play in protecting against tsunamis and storm surges. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics, fluid-structure interaction, and high performance computing.


Joe graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014 with a Masters degree (MEng) in Aeronautical Engineering, which included an integrated year abroad at the University of California, Irvine. As part of his final year dissertation he spent six months within the CFD Methods Group at Rolls-Royce validating in-house CFD tools for complex engine components.

After completing his undergraduate, Joe was awarded the prestigious President's Doctoral Scholar Award to study his PhD at the University of Manchester, under the supervision of Dr. Alistair Revell. The main focus of his PhD was computational modelling of fluid-structure interaction problems. In particular, his work examined the complex interplay between fluids and high aspect ratio structures (e.g. cilia, filaments, flaps) and how such structures can be utilised for flow control and energy harvesting applications. After his PhD Joe joined the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics as an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow for 12 months before continuing his role as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.


  • Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Lattice Boltzmann Method, Immersed Boundary Method, Finite Element Method, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Doctor of Philosophy, Fluid-Structure Interactions of Wall-Mounted Flexible Slender Structures (2014 - 2018)
  • 2014 - Master of Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, University of Glasgow (2009 - 2014)

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