Hydroelasticity is the coupling of fluid motions with elasticity.  Essentially it is any problem which requires a knowledge of elasticity and fluid mechanics to solve.  There are numerous applications of this field, and I will talk about my research on four different but related problems.  The first is the scattering and attenuation of ocean waves by floating ice, the second is the vibration of ice shelves, the third is the vibration of ships, and the final problem is modelling very large floating structures such as a floating runway. 

Bio: Michael Meylan obtained his B.Sc. and PhD degrees from Otago University, New Zealand, in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He held appointments at Massey University, New Zealand (1999–2003), University of Auckland, New Zealand (2003–2011) and serves currently at The University of Newcastle (Australia). His research is in wave theory, especially the coupling of elasticity and fluids. He has worked extensively in linear hydroelasticity, principally in relation to wave scattering in frozen oceans. He has also worked on applying the theory of generalised eigenfunction expansions and the singularity expansion method to problems in hydrodynamics.


Mike Meylan

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University of Newcastle (Australia)


Tue, 03/03/2020 - 11:20am


RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW