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Postgraduate research project

Storage of liquid hydrogen fuel for net-zero maritime transportation

Competition funded View fees and funding
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

An opportunity has arisen for a PhD research student to work on an exciting project “Storage of liquid hydrogen fuel for net-zero maritime transportation” in the Infrastructure Research Group at the Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering Department in University of Southampton.

As decarbonization becomes one of the most urgent tasks faced globally, the shipping industry is under increasing pressure to respond to the Paris Agreement and seek new technologies for ship propulsion over the next decades. Maritime 2050 strategy has identified ‘Future Fuels’ as a priority area. Hydrogen, in compressed or liquefied condition, has been identified by the industry as one of the most promising fuels for such mission. The aim of this project is to investigate the use of stainless steel metallic tanks for hydrogen storage in large-scale marine applications using a combination of experimental, analytical and numerical modelling approaches. You will collaborate with key industry partners and your research findings will make a direct contribution to the ongoing urgent industry developments in this area.

You will be based at the Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering Department which is home to the newly opened UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) National Infrastructure Laboratory (NIL) at our Boldrewood Innovation campus. NIL provides the state-of-the-art experimental facilities including a range of Servo-hydraulic and Electro-dynamic Test Machines and sophisticated data capturing tools such as Digital Image Correlation techniques and more. You will have the privilege of accessing to these unique facilities for the experimental part your PhD research.

For this PhD project, we welcome applicants with an enthusiasm for experimentation, computer simulation and programming, as well as a drive to learn, discover and make a lasting contribution to the field of engineering materials. You must have a 1st Class MEng/MSc degree (or equivalent) in Material/Mechanical Engineering with strong interests in collaborative research work, and ability to work both independently and as part of a group. You should have knowledge of experimental testing, computer programming, engineering materials.

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