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Researcher: Ranmuthugala, SD (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)

Fields of Research

Ship and Platform Hydrodynamics
Maritime Engineering
Naval Architecture
Ocean Engineering
Marine Engineering
Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics
Special Vehicles
Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Educational Technology and Computing
Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Higher Education
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Ship and Platform Structures
Education Systems
Transportation and Freight Services
Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
Metals and Alloy Materials
Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control
Solid Mechanics
Multimedia Programming
Interdisciplinary Engineering
Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering)
Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Industrial Design
Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Earthquake Engineering
Urban and Regional Economics
Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
Expert Systems
Research, Science and Technology Policy
Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Research Objectives

Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Water Transport
Navy
Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Education and Training
Tidal Energy
Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
Management of Education and Training Systems
Intelligence
Port Infrastructure and Management
Emerging Defence Technologies
Nautical Equipment (excl. Yachts)
Learner Development
Pedagogy
Passenger Water Transport
Syllabus and Curriculum Development
International Sea Freight Transport (excl. Live Animal Transport)
Energy Conservation and Efficiency in Transport
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (excl. Urban and Industrial Use)
Water Safety
Computer Hardware and Electronic Equipment
Curriculum
Scientific Instruments
Coastal Sea Freight Transport
Teaching and Instruction
Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Computer Gaming Software
Measurement Standards and Calibration Services
Expanding Knowledge in Technology
Learner and Learning Processes
Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing
Information and Communication Services
Expanding Knowledge in Education
Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A heading observer for ROVs under roll and pitch oscillations and acceleration disturbances using low-cost sensors; Ocean Engineering
A Self-tuning Nonlinear PID Controller for a Three-Thruster Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle; The Second Vietnam Conference on Control and Automation
A sequential project based leaning programme designed to meet the graduate attributes of engineering students; Journal of Modern Education Review
A sequential Project Based Learning programme designed to meet the graduate attributes of engineering students; The 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Accuracy of potential flow methods to solve realtime ship-tug interaction effects within ship handling simulators; TransNav: the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation
An analysis of students' performance in ICT curriculum transformation of mathematics in Australian primary schools; Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2011)
An experimental investigation into the effects of near-surface operation on the wave-making resistance of SSK type submarines; Maritime Systems & Technologies Conference (MAST 2010)
An innovative approach using ICT to teach calculus in primary schools; 2013 International Engineering and Technology Education Conference
An Integrated Delivery and Assessment Process to Address the Graduate Attribute Spectrum; US-China Education Review A
An Integrated Delivery and Assessment Process to Address the Graduate Attribute Spectrum; International Engineering and Technology Education Conference 2011 (IETEC'11)
An Investigation into the use of ICT to teach Calculus to Australian Primary Schools; The 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Artificial potential field for remotely operated vehicle haptic control in dynamic environments; Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering
Authentic assessment in seafarer education: using literature review to investigate its validity and reliability through rubrics; WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle motion response: a nonacoustic tool for blue water navigation; Marine Technology Society Journal: The International, Interdisciplinary Society Devoted to Ocean and Marine Engineering, Science and Policy
Calculus for Kids; Australian Computers in Education Conference 2014
Calculus for kids: Engaging primary school students in engineering mathematics; 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education – AAEE2015
Calculus in elementary school: an example of ICT-based curriculum transformation; Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Calculus in elementary school: an example of ICT-based curriculum transformation
Calculus in elementary school: an example of ICT-based curriculum transformation; 22nd International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2011)
Calculus in elementary school: an example of ICT-based curriculum transformation; Education and Information Technology 2012: A Selection of AACE Award Papers
Calculus triumph for Mayfield
CFD modelling and validation of an AUV undergoing variable accelerations; 24th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference
Channel width effects on berthed ship - passing ship interaction from experiments and CFD predictions; 2015 International Conference on Ship Manoeuvrability and Maritime Simulation
Characterisation of near surface effects acting on an underwater vehicle within the vertical plane; International Naval Engineering Conference 2013
Closing the gap between the training needs and current training practices for modern marine engineers; 15th Annual general assembly International Association of Maritime Universities
Command governor adaptive control for an unmanned underwater vehicle; 2015 IEEE Control Systems Society Multiconference on systems and control
Command Governor Adaptive Control for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles with Measurement Noise and Actuator Dead-Zone; MERCon 2016: Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference
Composite model reference adaptive control for an unmanned underwater vehicle; Underwater Technology
Computational Fluid Dynamics of Suboff Submarine with Sail and Stern Appendages; UDT Pacific Conference
Computational Fluid Dynamics Re-Mesh Method to Generating Hydrodynamic Models for Maneuvring Simulation of Two Submerged Bodies in Relative Motion; Journal of Computer Science and Cybernetics
Computer Modelling and Experimental Study of Towed Underwater Systems; PACIFIC 2002 International Maritime Conference
Containerisation of MET- Moving towards a global maritime education system; IAMU AGA 17 - Working together: the key way to enhance the quality of maritime education, training and research
Design, modelling and simulation of a remotely operated vehicle - Part 1; Journal of Computer Science and Cybernetics
Design, modelling and simulation of a remotely operated vehicle - Part 2; Journal of Computer Science and Cybernetics
Development and control of a low-cost, three-thruster, remotely operated underwater vehicle; International Journal of Automation Technology
Development and modelling of a three-thurster remotely operated vehicle using open source hardware; The 17th International Conference On Mechatronics Technology
Development of an application with process feedback to enhance student-centred learning; ASCILITE 2014
Distance delivery of IMO STCW competency courses: Making the concept a reality through modern technologies and learning tools; 16th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities
Dynamic Simulation of a Two-Part Underwater Tow; Offshore Australia 1993 : the 2nd Australian International Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Exhibition and Conference, incorporating Petrochem '93
Dynamics of Two-Part and Multiple Tows; AME'98
Electro-technologies for energy efficiency improvement and low carbon emission in maritime transport; 16th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities
Enabling the prediction of manoeuvring characteristics of a submarine operating near the free surface; Pacific 2013 International Maritime Conference
Engineering pathways for regional Australia built through knowledge partnering; 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Enhancing learning of mathematics in marine engineering across diverse students: Impact of real-time formative feedback; US-China Education Review
Estimating flow velocities of the water column using the motion response of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV); 2015 MTS/IEEE OCEANS Conference
Estimation of drag force on tug hulls at different drift angles; 3rd International Symposium of Maritime Sciences
Evaluation of the Out-of-Plane loads on a submarine undergoing a steady turn; 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC)
Experimental and computational investigation into the hydrodynamics of conventional submarines; Submarine Institute of Australia 1st Technology Conference 2011
Experimental and numerical analysis of submarine mast surface wakes; Pacific International Maritime Conference 2015
Experimental drop test investigation into wetdeck slamming loads on a generic catamaran hullform; Ocean Engineering: An International Journal of Research and Development
Experimental validation of a two-part underwater tow; Sixth Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics
Floating power platforms for offshore cold-ironing; IAMU AGA 17 - Working together: the key way to enhance the quality of maritime education, training and research
Free running simulation of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle undergoing a straight line manoeuvre via computational fluid dynamics; Pacific International Maritime Conference 2015
Fuzzy gain scheduling based optimally tuned PID controllers for an unmanned underwater vehicle; International journal of conceptions on electronics and communication engineering
Generic Graduate Attributes in Maritime Engineering; International Conference on Education, Training and Continuing Development of Marine Engineers in Maritime Industry
Graduate Attributes: Industry and Graduate Perceptions; Education and Professional Development of Engineers in the Maritime Industry
Haptic driving system for surge motion control of underwater remotely operated vehicles; 6th International conference on modelling, identification and control
Higher order thinking through Calculus for Kids; ACCE 2016
Higher order thinking through Calculus for Kids; Journal of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria
Hydrodynamic design implications for a submarine operating near the surface; Warship 2011: Naval Submarines and UUVs
Hydrodynamic interaction effects on tugs operating within the midship region alongside large ships; 9th International Research Conference of KDU
Hydrodynamics design considerations for underwater vehicles; 9th International Research Conference of KDU
ICT Curriculum Transformation of Mathematics in Primary Schools; International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education
Influence of restricted water on the time domain interaction forces and moment on a berthed ship due to a passing ship; Australian Journal of Civil Engineering
Innovating with Calculus for Kids; ACCE 2016
Innovating with Science-ercise; ACCE 2016
Interpersonal variables and their impact on the perceived validity of peer assessment in engineering PBL; International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education
Investigation into the dynamic behaviour of a two-part underwater tow; ICHD 94
Investigation into the Dynamics of Two-Part and Multiple Tows Congfigurations; 16-th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
Investigation into the Hydrodynamic Interaction Effects on an AUV Operating Close to a Submarine; Pacific 2013 International Maritime Conference
Joint research between Australia and Japan on the cavitation inception of marine propellers and control surfaces; MAST Asia 2017
Maple Helps Teach Calculus to 11-Year Old Students
Mathematics in Marine Engineering: Significance of Formative-Feedback within a Diverse Student Cohort; 2013 International Engineering and Technology Education Conference
Mayfield primary tops the nation in integral calculus
Modeling, simulation and control of underwater vehicles; The 1st Vietnam Conference on Control and Automation (VCCA 2011)
Modelling and Related Numerical Stability Requirements of Underwater Towed Bodies; International Conference on High Resolution Survey in Shallow Waters
Modelling and Simulation of a Remotely Operated Vehicle; 6th Vietnam Conference on Mechatronics (VCM2012)
Modelling of Towed Underwater Systems; 9th Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics
Mooring arrangement design to minimise berthed ship motions due to a passing ship; Pacific International Maritime Conference 2015
Novel use of video technology to enhance the use of marine simulators to link knowledge and practical skills; 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Numerical and experimental analysis of a surfaced submarine in beam seas; Pacific 2010 International Maritime Conference
Numerical investigation of the hydrodynamic interaction between two underwater bodies in relative motion; Applied Ocean Research
Numerical investigation of the influence of blade helicity on the performance characteristics of vertical axis tidal turbines; Renewable Energy
Numerical investigation of water slamming loads on wave-piercing catamaran hull model; 10th High speed marine vehicles Symposium
Numerical prediction of symmetric water impact loads on wedge shaped hull form using CFD; World Journal of Mechanics
Numerical Prediction of Symmetric Water Impact Loads on Wedge Shaped Hull Form Using CFD; World Journal of Mechanics
Numerical simulation of spheres in relative motion using dynamic meshing techniques; 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Numerical simulation of straight-bladed vertical axis tidal turbines; 2nd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference
Numerical simulation of the loading characteristics of straight and helical-bladed vertical axis tidal turbines; Renewable Energy
On a lookout beyond STCW: Seeking standards and context for the authentic assessment of seafarers; 15th Annual general assembly International Association of Maritime Universities
Performance predictions of a straight-bladed vertical axis turbine using double-multiple streamtube and computational fluid dynamics models; Journal of Ocean Technology
Predicting surface wakes using LES and RANS-SST analysis; 2nd Technology Conference 2013 - Science, Technology and Engineering
Prediction of slamming loads on catamaran wetdeck using CFD; FAST 2015
Prediction of the hydroplane angles required due to high speed submarine operations near the surface; Warship 2014: Naval Submarines & UUVs
Predictor-based model reference adaptive control of an unmanned underwater vehicle; 14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics & Vision
Process feedback to enhance learning; Teaching Matters 2014
Quantifying Flight Characteristics of Unmanned Underwater vehicles; International Maritime Conference, Pacific
Quasi-static analysis of the hydrodynamic interaction effects on an autonomous underwater vehicle operating in proximity to a moving submarine; Ocean Engineering
RANS-based CFD prediction of the hydrodynamic coefficients of DARP suboff geometry in straight-line and rotating arm manoeuvres; International Journal of Maritime Engineering
Reduction of Roll Motion of a Surfaced Submarine in Beam Seas; International Maritime Conference, Pacific
Restricted water effects on berthed ship – passing ship interaction; Coast and Ports 2015
Rethinking computers in schools: Calculus in primary; Australian Association for Research in Education Conference (AARE 2011 Conference)
Reviewing seafarer assessment methods to determine the need for authentic assessment; Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs
Scaling and relative size effects on the hydrodynamic interaction on an UUV operating close to a submarine; Warship 2014: Naval Submarines and UUVs
Simulation and validation of an AUV in variable accelerations; International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering
Squat in Berthed Ship - Passing Ship Interaction for Restricted Water Cases; 4th MASHCON: International Conference on Ship Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water with Special Focus on Ship Bottom Interaction
Stability and Accuracy Requirements for the Modelling of Towed Underwater Systems; 10-th Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics
Student experiences of threshold capability development in an engineering unit with intensive mode; 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education – AAEE2015
Students’ experiences of threshold capability development with intensive mode teaching; HERDSA 2016: The Shape of Higher Education
The Dynamics of a Two-Part Undewater Tow; AMECRC Workshop on Ship Hydrodynamics
The effect of berth blockage on berthed ship - passing ship interaction; 3rd International Conference on Ship Manoeuvring in Shallow & Confined Water
The effect of berthed ship bow and stern blockage on berthed ship - passing ship interaction; Coast and Ports 2013
The effect of berthed ship size and berth occupancy on berthed ship-passing ship interaction forces and moments; Joint 19th International Conference on Hydrodynamics in Ship Design and 4th International Symposium on Ship Manoeuvring
The effect of length to diameter ratio on the hydrodynamic coefficients of a submarine operating near the surface in calm water; Royal Institution of Naval Architects - International Maritime Conference 2012, Pacific 2012
The effect of proximity to free surface on the optimum length/diameter ratio for a submarine; First International Conference on Submarine Technology and Marine Robotics (ICSTaMR 2012)
The effective use of technology - Some impediments and solutions; 14th annual general assembly of the International Association of maritime Universities
The effects of interpersonal variables on the validity of peer assessment; 2013 International Engineering and Technology Education Conference
The hydrodynamic effects on an underwater vehicle in close proximity to a larger moving vehicle; 11th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition
The hydrodynamic interaction effects on a fully appended AUV operating near a moving submarine; Pacific International Maritime Conference 2015
The influence of turbulence model and two and three-dimensional domain selection on the simulated performance characteristics of vertical axis tidal turbines; Renewable Energy
Three dimensional numerical simulations of a straight-bladed vertical axis tidal turbine; 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Three-dimensional numerical simulations of straight-bladed vertical axis tidal turbines investigating power output, torque ripple and mounting forces; Renewable Energy
Threshold capability development in intensive mode business units; Education and Training
Transient analysis of hydrodynamic interaction effects on an autonomous underwater vehicle in proximity of a moving submarine; International Journal of Maritime Engineering
Using authentic assessment to enhance seafarer student engagement and their ability to transfer learning; 16th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities
Using Computational Fluid Dynamics Re-Mesh to Generate Hydrodynamic Models for Manoeuvering Simulation of Two Submerged Bodies in Relative Motion; The 1st Vietnam Conference on Control and Automation
Wetdeck slamming loads on a developed catamaran hullform – experimental investigation; Ships and Offshore Structures

Research Projects

Calculus in the real world: transforming the way we teach Mathematics in primary education; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Engineering pathways for regional Australia:viable learning platforms built by knowledge partnering; Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT)
Evaluating and selecting STEM resources: capacity building for teachers in rural and regional schools; Department of Industry and Science (DoIS)
Science-ercise: modern physics in primary classrooms of North-West Tasmania; Ian Potter Foundation (IPF)
The ARC Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The development of a world-class facility for three dimensional dynamic testing; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Transforming Curriculum: A New Approach to Calculus Using Laptops in Primary Schools; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
A Characterisation of the Hydrodynamic Forces in an Underwater Two Body Interaction Scenario
Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling Using OpenFOAM Software
Defence Material Technology Centre
Defence Material Technology Centre- Blast and Shock modelling
Feasibility study into locating a ship lift facility at Bell Bay, Tasmania
HPMM Manoeuvring Research and Structural Analysis Capability
Hydrodynamic forces of Ro-Ro thrusters affecting Articulating Concrete Blocks
Hydrodynamics and Hydroacoustics research program
Hydrodynamics of a Submarine in the Littoral Environment
Loan of Mullaya Underwater Vehicle
Manoeuvring properties of a surfaced submarine
Mathematical models for sea state representation in computational fluid dynamics
Naval Platform Performance
Postdoctoral on submarine manoeuvring
Potential failure mechanisms of bulk iron ore cargoes; relevance of current Transportable Moisture Limit (TML) test methods to any failure
Ship Model Research
Study into High-Performance Simulation of Two Body Hydrodynamics
Submarine Hydrodynamics and Manoeuvring

Research Candidate Supervision

6DOF Motion Response and Manoeuvring Simulation of an UUV
A Characterisation of the Hydrodynamic Forces in an Underwater Two Body Interaction Scenario
A Fluid Structure Interaction Study of a Cross-Flow Water Turbine
A Framework for Authentic Assessment that Enhances Academic Performance in Seafarer Training
An Investigation into the Effects of Submergence Depth, Speed and Hull Length-to-Diameter Ratio on the Near-Surface
Asymmetric Slamming Loads of Large High Speeds Catamarans
CFD Investigations of Wave Energy Converter Performance
Collision Avoidance and Safety Critical Fault Response for Under Ice Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Operations
Developing a Desktop Prediction of Berthed Ship-passing Ship Interaction Forces and Moments
Development of RANS Models Dedicated to Underwater Vehicles Within OpenFOAM
Effective University Leadership - Attributes, Behaviours, Challenges and Development- Key Predictors of Performance
Engineering Education & its Relationship to Graduate Attributes
Flow Driven Roll Damping Fin Stabilisers
Improvements in Ship to Ship Interaction Modelling
Improving Sink-rate of Demersal Longlines- Focus on Reduction of Seabird Bycatch
Investigating the Role of Purchasinf Process in Restricting the Incursion of Counterfeit Components in the Industrial Supply Chain
Learning and Assessment Approaches for Diverse Student Cohorts within Marine (Seafaring) Engineering Programmes
Maritime Operations in Humanitarian Logistics.
Modelling and Real Time Simulation of a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle
Numerical Investigation into Hydrodynamic Interaction between Two Submerged Bodies Moving in Respect to One Another using Openfoam CFD Code within Matlab
Optimum Lenght on Diameter Ratios for a Submarine Operating at Shallow Depth
Performance of an Auger Dredging Cutter for Subsea Dredging and Mining
Prawn Trawl Shape due to Flexural Rigidity and Hydrodynamic Forces
Real-Time Measurement and Control Systems of (AUVs) Using Open-Source Software and Microcontrollers - Experimental Approach
Shallow Water Vessel Wash - Simple Characterisations for a Complex Phenomenon
Ship engine and boiler exhaust emissions and fuel consumption in Australian waters
Ship Motions and Wave-Induced Loads on High Speed Catamarans
The Effect of School Students' Perceptions of Engineering and Technology Careers on University Enrolment
Tuning a 6 DOF PID Control Algorithm of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Understanding Undersea Cable Physics