Dr Alexander Phillips

Group: 
Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems
Email: 
abp@noc.ac.uk
Location: 
Southampton
Telephone: 
+44 (0)23 8059 1885

Alexander’s research is developing technologies that will enhance the performance of the next generation of maritime robots. Much of his work has concentrated on the development of numerical tools to predict the hydrodynamic performance of maritime vehicles. This can then be utilised to: reduce power consumption, improve manoeuvrability and be used to develop enhanced control strategies.

Publications

Article

Bassam, Ameen M.; Phillips, Alexander B.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Wilson, Philip A.. 2017 Development of a multi-scheme energy management strategy for a hybrid fuel cell driven passenger ship. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42 (1). 623-635.10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.08.209
Tanakitkorn, Kantapon; Wilson, Philip; Turnock, Stephen; Phillips, Alex. 2017 Depth control for an over-actuated, hover-capable autonomous underwater vehicle with experimental verification. Mechatronics, 41. 67-81.10.1016/j.mechatronics.2016.11.006
Hawkes, J.; Vaz, G.; Phillips, A.B.; Cox, S.J.; Turnock, S.R.. 2017 On the Strong Scalability of Maritime CFD. Journal of Marine Science and Technology, JMST-D-16-00183R1. 10.1007/s00773-017-0457-7 (In Press)
Tanakitkorn, Kantapon; Wilson, Philip A.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Phillips, Alexander B.. 2017 Sliding mode heading control of an over-actuated, hover-capable autonomous underwater vehicle with experimental verification. Journal of Field Robotics. (In Press)
Phillips, Alexander; Haroutunian, Maryam; Murphy, Alan J.; Boyd, Stephen; Blake, James; Griffiths, Gwyn. 2017 Understanding the power requirements of autonomous underwater systems, Part I: An analytical model for optimum swimming speeds and cost of transport. Ocean Engineering, 133. 271-279.10.1016/j.oceaneng.2015.12.014
Bassam, Ameen M.; Phillips, Alexander B.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Wilson, Philip A.. 2016 An improved energy management strategy for a hybrid fuel cell/battery passenger vessel. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41 (47). 22453-22464.10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.08.049
Phillips, A.B.; Blake, J.I.R.; Boyd, S.W.; Griffiths, G.. 2015 Towards passive station holding of autonomous underwater vehicles inspired by fish behaviour in unsteady flows. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part M Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 230 (4). 551-565.10.1177/1475090215605134
Rattanasirip, P.; Wilson, P.A.; Phillips, A.B.. 2015 Numerical investigation of a pair of self-propelled AUVs operating in tandem. Ocean Engineering, 100. 126-137.10.1016/j.oceaneng.2015.04.031
Rattanasiri, P.; Wilson, P.A.; Phillips, A.B.. 2014 Simple drag prediction strategies for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle’s hull shape [in special issue: International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications 2014] USYS2014.
Rattanasiri, Pareecha; Wilson, Philip A.; Phillips, Alexander B.. 2014 Numerical investigation of a fleet of towed AUVs. Ocean Engineering, 80. 25-35.10.1016/j.oceaneng.2014.02.001
Banks, J.; Phillips, A.B.; Turnock, S.R.; Hudson, D.A.; Taunton, D.J.. 2014 Kayak blade-hull interactions: A body force approach for self-propelled simulations. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 228 (1). 49-60.10.1177/1754337113493847
Steenson, L.V.; Turnock, S.R.; Phillips, A.B.; Harris, C.; Furlong, M.E.; Rogers, E.; Wang, L.; Bodles, K.; Evans, D.W.. 2014 Model predictive control of a hybrid autonomous underwater vehicle with experimental verification. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 228 (2). 166-179.10.1177/1475090213506185
Rattanasiri, P.; Wilson, P.A.; Phillips, A.B.. 2013 Numerical investigation of the influence of propeller to the interference drag of twin prolate spheroids at various longitudinal offsets and transverse separations. Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 42 (8). 964-970.
Phillips, Alexander Brian; Turnock, Stephen Richard. 2012 Application of the VORTFIND algorithm for the identification of vortical flow features around complex three-dimensional geometries. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 71 (11). 1461-1474.10.1002/fld.3720
Turnock, Stephen R.; Phillips, Alexander B.; Banks, Joe; Nicholls-Lee, Rachel. 2011 Modelling tidal current turbine wakes using a coupled RANS-BEMT approach as a tool for analysing power capture of arrays of turbines. Ocean Engineering, 38 (11-12). 1300-1307.10.1016/j.oceaneng.2011.05.018
Phillips, A.B.; Turnock, S.R.; Furlong, M.. 2010 The use of computational fluid dynamics to aid cost-effective hydrodynamic design of autonomous underwater vehicles. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 224 (4). 239-254.10.1243/14750902JEME199
Phillips, A.B.; Blake, J.I.R.; Smith, B.; Boyd, S.W.; Griffiths, G.. 2010 Nature in engineering for monitoring the oceans: towards a bio-inspired flexible AUV operating in an unsteady flow. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 224 (4). 267-278.10.1243/14750902JEME201
Phillips, Alexander B.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Furlong, Maaten. 2010 Accurate Capture of Propeller-Rudder Interaction using a Coupled Blade Element Momentum-RANS Approach. Ship Technology Research, 57 (2). 128-139.10.1179/str.2010.57.2.005
Phillips, Alexander B.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Furlong, Maaten. 2010 Influence of turbulence closure models on the vortical flow field around a submarine body undergoing steady drift. Journal of Marine Science and Technology, 15 (3). 201-217.10.1007/s00773-010-0090-1
Akhtman, J.; Furlong, M.; Palmer, A.; Phillips, A.B.; Sharkh, S.M.; Turnock, S.R.. 2008 SotonAUV: the design and development of a small, manoeuvreble autonomous underwater vehicle. Underwater Technology, 28 (1). 31-34.10.3723/ut.28.031

Book section

Bassam, Ameen M.; Phillips, Alexander B.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Wilson, Philip A.. 2016 Sizing optimization of a fuel cell/battery hybrid system for a domestic ferry using a whole ship system simulator. In:Proceedings 2016 International Conference on Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway, Ship Propulsion and Road Vehicles & International Transportation Electrification Conference (ESARS-ITEC). Toulouse, FR, ESARS-ITEC, 7841333, 6pp.
Bassam, Ameen M.; Phillips, Alexander B.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Wilson, Philip A.. 2016 Design, modelling and simulation of a hybrid fuel cell propulsion system for a domestic ferry. In:Proceedings of PRADS 2016. Copenhagen, Denmark, Technical University of Denmark, 9p.
Harris, Catherine A.; Phillips, Alexander B.; Dopico-Gonzalez, Carolina; Brito, Mario P.. 2016 Risk and reliability modelling for multi-vehicle marine domains. In:2016 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: AUV 2016. Richardson, TX, IEEE, 286-293.
Salavasidis, Georgios; Harris, Catherine A.; Rogers, Eric; Phillips, Alexander B.. 2016 Co-operative use of marine autonomous systems to enhance navigational accuracy of autonomous underwater vehicles. In: Alboul, Lyuba; Damian, Dana; Aitken, Jonathan M., (eds.)Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems: 17th Annual Conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings. Cham, CH, Springer International, 275-281. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science/Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence).
Schillai, Sophia M.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Rogers, Eric; Phillips, Alexander B.. 2016 Evaluation of terrain collision risks for flight style autonomous underwater vehicles. In:2016 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). Richardson, TX, IEEE, 311-318.
Salavasidis, Georgios; Harris, Catherine A.; McPhail, Stephen; Phillips, Alexander B.; Rogers, Eric. 2016 Terrain Aided Navigation for Long Range AUV operations at arctic latitudes. In:2016 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: AUV 2016. Richardson, TX, IEEE, 115-123.
Bennett, S.; Phillips, A.B.; Temerel, P.. 2015 On the hydroelastic modelling of damaged ships. In: 7th International Conference on Hydroelasticity in Marine Technology. Split, Croatia, HYEL, 507-518.
Badoe, C.; Winden, B.; Lidtke, A.K.; Phillips, A.B.; Hudson, D.A.; Turnock, S.R.. 2014 Comparison of various approaches to numerical simulation of ship resistance and propulsion. In:SIMMAN 2014: workshop on verification and validation of ship manoeuvring Simulation Methods, Lyngby, Denmark, 08- 10 Dec 2014. Denmark, Force Technology, 7pp.
Badoe, C.; Turnock, S.R.; Phillips, A.B.. 2014 Ship wake field analysis using a coupled BEMt-RANS approach. In:NuTTS ’14: 17th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium, Marstrand, Sweden, 28-30 Sep 2014. Marstrand, Sweden, Chalmers University of Technology, 6pp.
Hawkes, J.; Vaz, G.; Turnock, S.R.; Cox, S.J.; Phillips, A.B.. 2014 Potential of chaotic iterative solvers for CFD. In:NuTTS ’14: 17th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium, Marstrand, Sweden, 28-30 Sep 2014. Marstrand, Sweden, Chalmers University of Technology, 6pp.
Hawkes, J.; Turnock, S.R.; Cox, S.J.; Phillips, A.B.; Vaz, G.. 2014 Performance analysis of massively-parallel computational fluid dynamics. In:Proceedings 11th International Conference on Hydrodynamics (ICHD 2014), Singapore, 19-24 Oct 2014. Singapore, Maritime Research Centre/Nanyang Technological University Singapore, 8pp.
Tanakitkorn, Kantapon; Wilson, Philip A.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Phillips, Alexander B.. 2014 Grid-based GA path planning with improved cost function for an over-actuated hover-capable AUV. In:2014 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). Oxford, MS, IEEE, 1-8.
Steenson, L.V.; Wang, L.; Phillips, A.B.; Furlong, M.E.; Rogers, E.. 2014 Experimentally verified depth regulation for AUVs using constrained model predictive control. In: Boje, Edward; Xie, Xiaohua, (eds.)19th IFAC World Congress. IFAC Papers Online, 11974-11979.
Winden, B.; Badoe, C.; Turnock, S.R.; Phillips, A.B.; Hudson, D.A.. 2013 Self propulsion in waves using a coupled RANS-BEMt model and active RPM control. In:NuTTS ’13: 16th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium, Mulheim, Germany, 02-04 Sep 2013. Red Hook, NY, Curran Associates, 161-166.
Badoe, C.; Phillips, A.; Turnock, S.. 2012 Influence of drift angle on rudder – propeller interaction. In:NuTTS ’12: 15th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium, Cortona, Italy, 07-09 Oct 2012. Red Hook, NY, Curran Associates, 1-6.
Phillips, A.; Furlong, M.; Turnock, S.. 2012 Accurate capture of rudder-propeller interaction using a coupled blade element momentum-RANS approach. In:NuTTS '09: 12th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium, Cortona, Italy, 04-06 Oct 2009. Red Hook, NY, Curran Associates, 136-141.
Steenson, Leo V.; Phillips, Alexander B.; Turnock, Stephen R.; Furlong, Maaten; Rogers, Eric. 2012 Effect of measurement noise on the performance of a depth and pitch controller using the model predictive control method. In:2012 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). Piscataway, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1-8.
Phillips, A.B.; Blake, J.I.R.; Boyd, S.W.; Ward, S.; Griffiths, G.. 2012 Nature in Engineering for Monitoring the Oceans (NEMO): an isopycnal soft bodied approach for deep diving autonomous underwater vehicles. In:Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), 2012 IEEE/OES. Piscataway NJ, USA, IEEE, 1-8.
Phillips, A.B.; Haroutunian, M.; Man, S.K.; Murphy, A.J.; Boyd, S.W.; Blake, J.I.R.; Griffiths, G.. 2012 Nature in engineering for monitoring the oceans: comparison of the energetic costs of marine animals and AUVs. In: Roberts, G.N.; Sutton, R., (eds.)Further Advances in Unmanned Marine Vehicles. Stevenage, The Institute of Engineering and Technology, 373-405, 459pp. (IET Control Engineering Series, 77).
Steenson, Leo; Phillips, Alexander; Rogers, Eric; Furlong, Maaten; Turnock, Stephen. 2011 The performance of vertical tunnel thrusters on an autonomous underwater vehicle operating near the free surface in waves. In:Second International Symposium on Marine Propulsors. Hamburg, Hamburg University of Technology , 8pp.
Banks, J.; Phillips, A.; Turnock, S.; Hudson, D.. 2011 Performing self propelled simulations of a kayak, using a body-force paddle model. In:NuTTS ’11: 14th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium, Poole, Dorset, 22-24 Oct 2011. Red Hook, NY, Curran Associates, 59-64.
Steenson, L.V.; Phillips, A.B.; Furlong, M.; Rogers, E.; Turnock, S.R.. 2011 Maneuvering of an over-actuated autonomous underwater vehicle using both through-body tunnel thrusters and control surfaces. In:17th International Undersea Untethered Submersible Technology Conference. Lee, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Applications Center, 9pp.
Banks, J.; Phillips, A.; Turnock, S.. 2010 Free surface CFD prediction of components of Ship Resistance for KCS. In:NuTTS ’10: 13th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium, Duisberg, Germany, 10-12 Oct 2010. Red Hook, NY, Curran Associates, 1-6.
Liu, J.; Furlong, M.E.; Palmer, A.; Phillips, A.B.; Turnock, S.R.; Sharkh, S.M.. 2009 Design and Control of a Flight-Style AUV with Hovering Capability. In:Proceedings of the International Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology (UUST 2009), Durham, New Hampshire, 23-26 August 2009. Durham NH, USA, Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute (AUSI), [9p].
Turnock, S.R.; Phillips, A.B.; Furlong, M.. 2008 Urans simulations of static drift and dynamic manoeuvres of the KVLCC2 tanker. In:SIMMAN 2008: workshop on verification and validation of ship manoeuvring Simulation Methods, Lyngby, Denmark, 13 - 17 Apr 2008. Denmark, Force Technology, 6pp.
Phillips, Alexander B.; Furlong, Maaten; Turnock, Stephen R.. 2007 The use of computational fluid dynamics to assess the hull resistance of concept autonomous underwater vehicles. In:OCEANS 2007 - Europe. Richardson TX, USA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1292-1297.

Conference item

Man, S.K.; Phillips, A,B.; Boyd, S.W.; Blake, J.I.R.; Griffiths, G.. 2012 Bio-inspired aquatic flight propulsion system for agile and maneuverable underwater vehicles. In: IEEE Oceans 2012, Yeosu, 21-24 May 2012.
Lloyd, T.P.; James, M.; Turnock, S.R.; Phillips, A.B.; Badoe, C.; Banks, J.. 2012 University of Southampton Fluid-Structure Interactions Group OpenFOAM research. In: 2nd Gothenburg OpenFOAM user-group meeting, Gothenburg, SE, 12-16 Nov 2012. (Unpublished)
Badoe, C.; Phillips, A.B.; Turnock, S.R.. 2012 Numerical propeller rudder interaction studies to assist fuel efficient shipping. In: Low Carbon Shipping Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, 11-12 Sep 2012. (Unpublished)
Rattanasiri, P.; Wilson, P.A.; Phillips, A.B.. 2012 Numerical investigation of the drag of twin prolate spheroid hulls in various longitudinal and transverse configurations. In: USYS'12/AUV2012, Kuala Lumpur, 04-06 Dec 2012. (Unpublished)
Steenson, Leo V.; Phillips, A.B.; Rogers, E.; Furlong, M.; Turnock, S.R.. 2012 Experimental Verification of a Depth Controller using Model Predictive Control with Constraints onboard a Thruster Actuated AUV. In: IFAC Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles (NGCUV’2012), Porto.
Steenson, Leo V.; Phillips, Alexander B.; Rogers, Eric; Furlong, Maaten E.; Turnock, Stephen R.. 2011 Control of an AUV from thruster actuated hover to control surface actuated flight. In: Specialists Meeting AVT-189/RSM-028 Assessment of Stability and Control Prediction Methods for NATO Air & Sea Vehicles, Portsdown, 12 Oct - 14 Nov 2011.
Banks, J.; Phillips, AB.; Bull, P.W.; Turnock, S.R.. 2010 RANS simulations of the multiphase flow around the KCS hullform. In: Gothenburg 2010: A Workshop on CFD in Ship Hydrodynamics, Gothenburg, Sweden, 08-10 Dec 2010. (Unpublished)
Godderidge, B.; Phillips, A.B.; Lewis, S.G.; Turnock, S.R.; Hudson, D.A.; Tan, M.. 2008 The simulation of free surface flows with Computational Fluid Dynamics. In: 2008 ANSYS UK User Conference: Inspiring Engineering, Oxford, 29-30 Oct 2008. (Unpublished)
Akhtman, Jos; Furlong, Maaten; Jantapremjit, Pakpong; Palmer, Alistair; Phillips, Alexander B.; Sharkh, Suleiman; Turnock, Stephen; Veres, Sandor. 2007 SotonAUV: University of Southampton entry into the 2007 student autonomous underwater challenge - Europe. In: The 9th Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase (UUVS 2007), Southampton, UK, 26-27 Sep 2007. Southampton, UK.

Thesis

Phillips, Alexander Brian. 2010 Simulations of a self propelled autonomous underwater vehicle. University of Southampton, School of Engineering Sciences, PhD Thesis, 300pp.