Professor Mehmet Atlar

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

I joined the NAOME department in May 2016 as the Research Professor through the Global Talent Platform initiative of Strathclyde University.

I had a BSc and MSc degrees in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul while my PhD degree is from Glasgow University in the field of dynamic motion responses of semi-submersibles. Following my postgraduate studies, I worked as a technical consultant at British Maritime Technology Ltd in Newcastle upon Tyne until I was appointed as an academic member of staff at Newcastle University in 1994. During this appointment, I was the director of Emerson Cavitation Tunnel as well as the Professor of Ship Hydrodynamics in the School of Marine Science and Technology of Newcastle University.

My main research and teaching interests lie in the field of experimental and computational naval hydrodynamics with a bias on ship applications. I am specifically interested in ship performance and propulsion as well as motion responses. My recent research interests comprise novel hull-form designs, propulsor design and performance including cavitation and underwater noise, performance prediction and analysis with a specific interest on control coatings for marine biofouling. I am also interested in an energy saving of ships and rotating type renewable energy devices with biomimetic applications.

I have been the member of various ITTC technical committees at technical and chair level (Special Committees on Unconventional Propulsors, Azimuthing Podded Propulsors, I and II, Water Quality and Cavitation, Surface Treatment) as well as the member of the Advisory Council. I have led onto numerous collaborative EC Framework Programme projects, EPSRC projects, industry and defence related project. I was also the champion of the Newcastle University’s research catamaran project, “The Princess Royal” which was built in 2011 and named by the HRH Princess Anne. I have organised and chaired numerous special international conferences in hydrodynamics field and have been regularly organising bi-annual international AMT Conference Series (Advanced Model Measurements Technologies for Maritime Industry) since 2009. So far, I have supervised more than 28 successfully completed PhD research studies in the principal supervisor capacity, and I am also the member of RINA and SNAME.  


Effect of biofouling roughness on the full-scale powering performance of a submarine
Uzun Dogancan, Sezen Savas, Atlar Mehmet, Turan Osman
Ocean Engineering Vol 238 (2021)
A numerical investigation into the influence of bio-inspired leading-edge tubercles on the hydrodynamic performance of a benchmark ducted propeller
Stark Callum, Shi Weichao, Atlar Mehmet
Ocean Engineering Vol 237 (2021)
Influence of roughness on propeller performance with a view to mitigating tip vortex cavitation
Sezen Savas, Uzun Dogancan, Turan Osman, Atlar Mehmet
Ocean Engineering Vol 239 (2021)
An investigation of scale effects on the self-propulsion characteristics of a submarine
Sezen Savas, Delen Cihad, Dogrul Ali, Atlar Mehmet
Applied Ocean Research Vol 113 (2021)
Prediction of cavitating propeller underwater radiated noise using RANS & DES-based hybrid method
Sezen Savas, Atlar Mehmet, Fitzsimmons Patrick
Ships and Offshore Structures Vol 16, pp. 93-105 (2021)
An alternative vorticity based adaptive mesh refinement (V-AMR) technique for tip vortex cavitation modelling of propellers using CFD methods
Sezen Savas, Atlar Mehmet
Ship Technology Research (2021)

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The 5th International Conference on Advanced Model Measurement Technology for the Maritime Industry
JMST (2015) (Journal)
Associate Editor

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GATE Rudder System as a Retrofit for the Next Generation Propulsion and Steering of Ships (GATERS) H2020 Mobility for Growth
Atlar, Mehmet (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Erkan (Co-investigator) Shi, Weichao (Co-investigator) Tezdogan, Tahsin (Co-investigator) Turan, Osman (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
A novel Partially Floating Photovoltaic integrated with Smart Energy storage and Management System for Egyptian North Lakes
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2022
Virtual and physical ExperimeNtal Towing centre for the design of eneRgy Efficient sea-faring vessels - VENTuRE (H2020 CSA)
Demirel, Yigit Kemal (Principal Investigator) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Coraddu, Andrea (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Incecik, Atilla (Co-investigator) Kurt, Rafet (Co-investigator) Tezdogan, Tahsin (Co-investigator) Turan, Osman (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator) Song, Soonseok (Researcher) Terziev, Momchil (Researcher)
a Virtual and physical ExperimeNtal Towing centre for the design of eneRgy Efficient sea-faring vessels - VENTuRE (H2020 CSA)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
A biomimetic inspired for energy saving device for marine propeller
Shi, Weichao (Principal Investigator) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Dai, David (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Payne, Gregory (Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2019 - 26-Jan-2020
Savas Sezen PhD Project
Atlar, Mehmet (Principal Investigator) Shi, Weichao (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Mobile Reverse Osmosis Floating Desalination Platform Powered by Hybrid Renewable energy (Newton Fund Institutional Links)
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Tezdogan, Tahsin (Academic) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Demirel, Yigit Kemal (Co-investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020

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Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering
Henry Dyer Building

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