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Mr Geir  Olafsson BEng Hons MSc CEng MIMechE

Postgraduate research student

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Geir Olafsson is a Postgraduate research student within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton


I graduated BEng Hons in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University in 2010. Subsequently completed a Masters of Science in Energy at Herriot Watt University, graduating in 2011.

Before commencing the current research project, I spent 5 years working in design and project engineering roles for the offshore construction industry on oil, gas and renewable energy projects. Notable projects include leading the design of a 7000t capacity carousel false core for the Seven Arctic offshore construction vessel, and the design of a 50t Horizontal Pipelay System (HLS) for use on the Banff and Kyle Reinstatement project. In addition to design work, I worked on a number of research projects including the development of an underwater noise mitigation system for use during piling of offshore wind turbine foundations.

My commitment to the engineering profession and my professional and academic skills were recognised in 2016 with a successful chartered engineer level application for membership with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.


Research interests

MPhil/PhD research

Non-destructive examination (NDE) of composite to steel joints for in-build and through life condition monitoring in the marine environment.


Prof. J. M. Barton

Dr R. C. Tighe

Prof. R. A. Shenoi

The project will be funded by BAE Systems through CASE funding sponsorship with the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


Research projects

Non-destructive examination (NDE) of composite to steel joints for in-build and through life condition monitoring in the marine environment.

A number of composite to steel joint geometries have been developed for use in ship structures to enable, for example, incorporation of large composite superstructure into steel hulls. In practice, these joints could be up to 100m or more in length. The ability to ascertain the condition of such joints both at build and through the vessel life is critical to the adoption of composite structures in such hybrid arrangements.

Some joint geometries are amenable to inspection by existing techniques such as thermography of ultrasonic inspection. These typically consist of composite material overlaying a steel substrate. Higher joint strengths have been achieved using geometries where the composite part is bonded to a steel channel and externally over-laminated. These geometries have proved to be incompatible with established non-destructing examination techniques.

The project seeks to identify and develop a method of validating the integrity of a composite to steel joint both at build and through life where the joint includes bonded surfaces masked from conventional non-destructive examination methods by a steel components. The method developed will be practical for use in an industrial environment including on external ship surfaces.

Mr Geir Olafsson
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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