Aggelos Dimakopoulos was born in Patras in 1980 and studied and graduated from the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Patras during the period 1998-2003 (MEng). He was then enrolled in the postgraduate programme of the above department and obtained an Msc and Ph.D. His PhD topic was on 3D numerical models for coastal turbulent flows.
He was then a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto Superior Tecnico where he conducted research on vegetated flow dynamics. From 2012 to 2022 he worked at HR Wallingford, which is a leading hydraulic and coastal engineering institute in the UK where he reached the rank of Principal Engineer. From 2022 to 2023 he was Associate (Technical) Director of Computational Fluid Dynamics at Jacobs .
Aggelos Dimakopoulos has participated in numerous (more than 100) research projects and applied studies, from various capacities, ranging from researcher/engineer to project manager, project director and also technical lead in interdisciplinary studies and research. He has a published 1 book on wave interaction with structures, 15 articles in scientific journals, and over 40 publications in international conferences. He was involved in writing technical specifications for EDF and PIANC. He has been a reviewer in more than 5 scientific journals and 4 international conferences. He has been a member of Technical Chamber in Greece since 2004 and of the Institute of Civil Engineers in the UK since 2016.
His research interests concern
- Flows in pumping stations (swriling flows in intakes, sedimentation, verification of hydraulic design)
- Interaction of two-phase turbulent flows with hydraulic and coastal structures
- Hydraulics of energy systems, with an emphasis on systems with a marine interface
- Internal flows in porous structures (breakwaters) and vegetated flows
- Floating structures and vessel hydraulics
- Development of 3D numerical models – hydraulic and coastal flow virtual laboratories
- Development of CFD modelling software
Indicative research projects:
- Stinger Keel Floating Wind Turbine Foundation UK Concept Development, technical lead and project manager of the hydrodynamics study. Funded by UKRI
- Collaborative agreement between HR Wallingford and ERDC concerning Coastal and Fluvial Hazard Analysis and Numerical modeling of fluids, sediments and immersed / floating solids. Technical lead for development and verification of fluid – structure interaction software. Funded by ERDC-USACE
- Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converted design tools. Technical lead of hydrodynamic study and project manager. Funded by HR Wallingford and Hydralab IV (7th European Framework – FP7)
- Swirling Flows and Turbulence in Pumps – SWIFT Pumps. Technical lead. Funded by HR Wallingford.
Indicative applied studies
- Hydraulic design studies for the cooling system in Hinkley C and Sizewell C Power stations in the UK. Researcher, technical lead and project manager at various stages of the study from 2013 until today.
- Jeddah Upper Canal Project. Hydraulic design team lead for hydraulic design studies of the flushing system (marine scope)
- Gulf of Corinth erosion study (2019-2022). Project Manager of the coastal study.
- Dubai Deep Stormwater Tunnel (2017-2018). Project Manager of modelling studies (physical and numerical models) ad Technical Lead of the CFD modelling study.
- Tung Chung New Town Extension flood management scheme. Project Director for numerical simulations of flood diversion devices.
- Dimakopoulos A., Dunn S., Rowett C., Pierce J, Dasam K. (2023) Performance based design of existing and future coastal seawalls. An application of computational fluids dynamics modelling and machine learning techniques. ICE Breakwaters, Portsmouth, UK
- Dimakopoulos A., Pullen T, Allsop NWHA. (2023). Internal pressures in rubble mound breakwaters used in coastal protection -recommendations for assessing wave pressures with CFD models. ICE Breakwaters, Portsmouth, UK
- Longo, D. and Dimakopoulos, A. and Willoughby, I. (2022) Numerical modelling of pump intakes: compliance with standard performance criteria. In: 39th IAHR World Congress, 19-24 June 2022, Grenada, Spain.
- Wong C, Dimakopoulos A.S., Trinh P. and Chapman SJ. (2021) Multiple-scales analysis of wave evolution in the presence of rigid vegetation. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 935, A3, doi:10.1017/jfm.2021.985
- Kelly DK, Dimakopoulos AS, Higuera P (2021). Advanced Numerical Modelling of Wave Structure Interaction. CRC Press.
- Dimakopoulos A.S and Higuera P (2021) Wave Generation and Absorption techniques. Book Chapter in Advanced Numerical Modelling of Wave Structure Interaction, Eds Kelly DK, Dimakopoulos AS, Higuera P. CRC Press.
- de Lataillade T, Dimakopoulos A.S., Kees C.E. and Johanning L. (2021) A Coupling Strategy for Modelling Dynamics of Moored Floating Structures. Book Chapter in Advanced Numerical Modelling of Wave Structure Interaction, Eds Kelly DK, Dimakopoulos AS, Higuera P. CRC Press.
- Tavouktsoglou N, Dimakopoulos A.S., Spearman J, Whitehouse, R. (2020) Application of Two Phase Eulerian Cfd Model to Simulate High Velocity Jet Induced Scour. Presented in Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering 2020 (paper)
- Pawitan, K.A., Dimakopoulos, A.S., Vicinanza, D., Allsop, W. and Bruce, T., (2019). A loading model for an OWC caisson based upon large-scale measurements. Coastal Engineering, 145, pp.1-20.
- Cozzuto, G., Dimakopoulos, A., De Lataillade, T., Morillas, P.O. and Kees, C.E., (2019). Simulating oscillatory and sliding displacements of caisson breakwaters using a coupled approach. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 145(2), p.04019005.
- Dimakopoulos, A.S., Cooker, M.J. and Bruce, T., (2017). The influence of scale on the air flow and pressure in the modelling of Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converters. International Journal of Marine Energy, 19, pp.272-291.
- Medina-López E., Allsop W., Dimakopoulos A., and Bruce T. Damage to the Mutriku OWC breakwater – some lessons from further analysis Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2017. January 2018, 957-967
- Chen, Q., Zang, J., Dimakopoulos, A.S., Kelly, D.M. and Williams, C.J., (2016). A Cartesian cut cell based two-way strong fluid–solid coupling algorithm for 2D floating bodies. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 62, pp.252-271.
- Dimakopoulos, A.S., Guercio, A. and Cuomo, G., (2014). Advanced numerical modelling of tsunami wave propagation, transformation and run-up. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Engineering and Computational Mechanics, 167(3), pp.139-151.
- Dimakopoulos, A.S. and Dimas, A.A., (2011). Large-wave simulation of three-dimensional, cross-shore and oblique, spilling breaking on constant slope beach. Coastal engineering, 58(8), pp.790-801.