CFD for Marine Applications – Challenges and Ways Ahead


Kevin McTaggart completed his doctorate in Civil Engineering in 1989, specializing in offshore hydrodynamics at University of British Columbia.  He then commenced his career as a Defence Scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he leads the Performance Simulation Group.  His areas of research include ship motions in waves, ship maneuvering, and application of simulation to ship design and operation.  His current work and collaborations are examining application of CFD to prediction of ship maneuvering force coefficients.             

Barton Stockdill joined Robert Allan Ltd. full time in 2004 and is registered Professional Engineer in BC. He holds MASc and BEng degrees from the University of Victoria with a specialization in Computational Fluid Dynamics. As the Technical Manager Hydrodynamics, Bart leads the hydrodynamics group with a focus on CFD analysis of tugs and patrol vessels, particularly propulsion and manoeuvring. He initiated the CFD program at Robert Allan Ltd. in 2009 to support design work and reduce dependence on model testing. Today Robert Allan Ltd. has five dedicated CFD engineers and an in-house 1020 core high performance computing cluster.

Chad Oldfield is a senior naval architect at Vard Marine Inc., and leads their CFD group.  He received his B.Eng. from Memorial University and his M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto.  His work spans a range of ship hydrodynamic performance analyses as applied in ship design, such as resistance and propulsion, manoeuvring, seakeeping, dynamic positioning, and developing new techniques to solve unique problems.  This includes application of CFD to both common and novel situations, and selecting methodologies suited to practical application at different stages of design.

Rajeev K. Jaiman is currently an Associate Professor and NSERC/Seaspan Industrial Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Prior to his current appointment at UBC, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Before joining NUS, he was the Director of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Development at Altair Engineering, Inc., Mountain View, California.  The CFD technologies that Dr. Jaiman has developed are routinely used in marine/offshore, wind turbine, nuclear reactors, automotive and aerospace industries. Dr. Jaiman earned his first degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  His research interests include fluid-structure interaction, computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis,  data-driven modeling and physics-based machine learning. He is currently an Associate Editor of ASME-JOMAE  and a senior member of AIAA and members of ASME, SNAME, USACM, APS and SIAM.