Imperial College London

Ioannis Karmpadakis

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lecturer in Coastal Engineering



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Ioannis holds a Diploma (MEng) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the same institution. Before coming to London, he worked as an engineering consultant in Greece and was a member of the board in the Technical Chamber of Greece. He completed his PhD on wave statistics at Imperial College London; his research being part of a Joint Industry Project with major Oil & Gas companies. This involved the analysis of extensive datasets of field measurements and laboratory experiments coupled with numerical simulations. Based on these, new analytical formulations were derived to incorporate key physical processes that take place in intermediate and shallow water depths. 

Since the late stages of his PhD, Ioannis has been teaching Coastal Engineering modules to undergraduate and master students, as well as supervising individual research projects. In addition to these, Ioannis has been involved in several industrial projects dealing with the estimation of environmental loading on existing and new marine structures. In addition to Coastal Engineering, Ioannis is the module co-ordinator for Statistics in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

His research interests lie in various aspects of Coastal and Offshore Engineering. These include the statistical representation of wave heights and crest heights in intermediate and shallow water depths, the shape of the largest waves (freak waves), non-linear effects arising in random seas, wave propagation on variable bathymetry, wave breaking and wave-structure interactions.



Karmpadakis I, Swan C, Christou M, 2020, Assessment of wave height distributions using an extensive field database, Coastal Engineering, Vol:157, ISSN:0378-3839, Pages:1-15

Karmpadakis I, Swan C, 2020, On the average shape of the largest waves in finite water depths, Journal of Physical Oceanography, ISSN:0022-3670

Karmpadakis I, Swan C, Christou M, 2019, Laboratory investigation of crest height statistics in intermediate water depths, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol:475, ISSN:1364-5021

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