Dr Richard Pemberton

Dr Richard Pemberton

Lecturer in Mechanical and Marine Engineering Design

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)




After completing his Ph.D. on System Identification in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in 2003, Richard joined GBR Challenge America’s Cup yacht racing team as a design analyst. Since then he was worked as a designer or technical consultant to sailors and yacht racing teams in many of the major competitions within the sport, such as the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe race, the Olympics and the World Speed Sailing Record.

Before joining the University of Plymouth, Richard worked as a consultant Naval Architect both in a self-employed capacity and at the University of Southampton’s Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics. In these roles, Richard achieved Chartered Engineer status with RINA and gained a wide range of experience in the following areas:

  • Sailing and Motor Yacht Design and Performance Prediction including hull form optimisation using CFD.
  • Model and full scale experimental tests on sailing yachts, motor boats and hovercraft.
  • Yacht structural analysis for inclusion as appendix in Marine Accident Investigation Branch report.
  • Winning TSB grant funding for collaborative research project with two industrial partners (High Efficiency Work Vessel: a 10m containerised catamaran work boat utilising high power diesel outboards).
  • Electronics: Development of control and logging software for underwater towed array.
  • Assisting aircraft operators in achieving EASA certification for modifications to existing aircraft.
  • General Hydrodynamic Performance Prediction.
  • Vessel Stability.

Professional membership




Research interests

CFD, System Identification Techniques, Marine Design, Experimental Methods & Techniques and Composite Manufacture for marine applications.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Lowde MJ, Peters HGA, Geraghty R, Graham-Jones J, Pemberton R & Summerscales J (2022) 'The 100 m Composite Ship?' Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 10, (3) , DOI Open access
Qin Y, Summerscales J, Graham-Jones J, Meng M & Pemberton R (2020) 'Monomer Selection for In Situ Polymerization Infusion Manufacture of Natural-Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic-Matrix Marine Composites' Polymers 12, (2) Author Site Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Perez-Collazo C, Pemberton R, Greaves D & Iglesias G (2019) 'Monopile-mounted wave energy converter for a hybrid wind-wave system' Energy Conversion and Management 199, 111971-111971 , DOI Open access
Szyrowski T, Khan AI, Pemberton R, Sharma S, Singh Y & Polvara R (2019) 'Range Extension for Electromagnetic Detection of Subsea Power and Telecommunication Cables' Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology , DOI Open access
Xie N, Hann M, Pemberton R, Iglesias G & Greaves D (2019) 'A numerical and experimental investigation of the effect of side walls on hydrodynamic model testing in a wave flume' Ocean Engineering 186, , DOI Open access
Xie N, Iglesias G, Hann M, Pemberton R & Greaves D (2018) 'Experimental study of wave loads on a small vehicle in close proximity to a large vessel' Applied Ocean Research Open access
Kyte A, Pass C, Pemberton R, Sharman M & McKnight JC (2018) 'A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Based Method for Assessing the Hydrodynamic Impact of Animal Borne Data Loggers on Host Marine Mammals' Marine Mammal Science , DOI Open access
Honey S, Khan A, Pemberton R, Schoenborn P & Edward-Jones A 'Student as Researchers: Towards Redefining Undergraduate Projects' International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning
Pemberton R & Stokoe EA (2018) Reeds Vol 4: Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers. Reeds
Pemberton R; Summerscales J; Graham-Jones J (2018) Marine Composites: Design and Performance. First edition Cambridge Elsevier/Woodhead Publishing Limited Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering Publisher Site
Pemberton R, Summerscales J & Graham-Jones J (2019) 'Preface' Marine Composites xvii-xxi , DOI
Pemberton R, Summerscales J & Graham-Jones J (2018) 'Preface' Marine Composites: Design and Performance Cambridge Elsevier (Woodhead Publishing imprint) xvii-xxi , DOI Open access
Pemberton R & Graham-Jones J (2016) 'Application of composite materials to yacht rigging' Marine Applications of Advanced Fibre-Reinforced Composites Elsevier 279-294 , DOI
Pemberton R & Graham-Jones J (2016) '12 Application of composite materials to yacht rigging' Marine Applications of Advanced Fibre-Reinforced Composites 279-294 , DOI
Conference Papers
Khan AI, Pemberton R, momen A & bristow D (2019) 'De-Noising Signals using Wavelet Transform in Internet of Underwater Things' Intellysis 2019 , DOI Open access
Khan AI, Pemberton R, Schoenborn P, Honey S & Edward-Jones A (2018) 'Delivering Impact via Student Research: Sharing Best Practice' PedRIO Plymouth 4-/-0/20184-/-0/2018
Khan AI, Pemberton R, Bristow D, Momen A, Syrowski T & Sharma S (2017) 'Underwater wireless sensor monitoring' 4th PRIMaRE Conference Southampton 7-/-0/20177-/-0/2017
Khan AI, Pemberton R & Schoenborn P (2017) 'Exploring innovative methods of teaching and learning in engineering education' 15th VCs Conference Plymouth 6-/-0/20176-/-0/2017
Szyrowski T, Bogdan P, Khan A, Pemberton R, Sharma S, Singh Y & Polvara R (2017) 'Range extension for electromagnetic detection of power and telecommunication cables' Marelec 2017 Liverpool 6-/-0/20176-/-0/2017
Presentations and posters
Summerscales J, Qin Y, Graham-Jones J, Cullen R, Meng M & Pemberton R Summerscales J, Qin Y, Graham-Jones J, Cullen R, Meng M & Pemberton R 'Recyclable structural composites for marine renewable energy' Author Site Open access
Summerscales J, Qin Y, Cullen R, Graham-Jones J, Meng M & Pemberton R Summerscales J, Qin Y, Cullen R, Graham-Jones J, Meng M & Pemberton R 'Thermoplastic matrix systems for large marine structures' Author Site Open access