Areas of expertise


Dr Kara graduated from the faculty of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey in 1992. He subsequently started his career as a Research Assistant at ITU and completed his MSc degree in Higher Order Vibration of Ship Structures in 1996. After receiving his PhD in Marine Hydrodynamics & Hydroelasticity at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 2000, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at University of Strathclyde. Dr Kara moved to Cranfield University to take up his current position as Lecturer in Offshore & Renewable Energy Technology in 2007.

Dr Kara has developed advanced state-of-the-art numerical tools for the prediction of maximum power absorption from ocean waves including optimum control of energy systems, seakeeping, resistance, hydrodynamics, and hydroelastic problems using three-dimensional direct time domain computational method for mono and multi hull vessels as well as offshore structures since 1997. He has published journal and conference papers in the subject of hydrodynamics and hydroelasticity related to energy systems, ship and offshore structures. He worked on numerous European Commission (EC) and industry projects.

Current activities

Dr Kara's current activities include the power prediction of the energy systems (wind, wave, tidal), higher order vibrations of floating structures and energy systems, strength of materials and prediction of hydrodynamic wave loads and aerodynamics wind loads over these energy systems and offshore structures. Dr Kara applies the state-of-the art computational methods for the prediction of the powering and resistance, seakeeping, and manoeuvring of ship structures. He is also involved in research into the interaction of fluid and structure in the context of hydroelastic analysis.

Dr Kara also involves research in subsea fluid sampling, subsea processing including separator, compressor, and pumping, subsea flow instabilities due to slugging and surging, and riser and pipeline design and installation in the offshore environment.

Dr Kara supervises MSc and PhD students, research projects, and acting as a referee for the distinctive journals and conferences. The teaching duties of Dr Kara includes hydrodynamic loads and dynamic responses of floating offshore structures and energy systems, aerodynamics of offshore/onshore wind turbines, design of wind and wave environments, economics of energy systems, characteristics of water waves, maximum power absorption from ocean waves, tidal energy systems, optimum control of these energy systems, reservoir engineering, structural health monitoring.


  • E.ON UK
  • RWE nPower
  • European Commission (EC)
  • BG Group
  • JP Kenny
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • IntecSea
  • Azur Offshore Ltd
  • Higher Design Ltd
  • Fugro
  • BP


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