PhD Studentship in the School of Marine Science and Technology

Reference Code: MA015

Closing Date: 30th June 2013


Name of the Supervisor(s)
Professor Robert Dow, School of Marine Science and Technology

School of Marine Science and Technology

Duration of the Award
3 years

Project Description
The School of Marine Science and Technology of Newcastle University is pleased to announce a three year Office of Naval Research (ONR) funded PhD studentship to carry out a research on progressive collapse and damaged strength of naval vessels under the supervision of Professor Robert Dow. Applications are invited immediately for this studentship, with the successful candidate expected to start in September 2013.

This studentship will focus on Research into the progressive collapse of naval vessels built from both steel and aluminium. It will investigate damage mechanisms and post-damage progressive collapse of these vessels to assist in the development of simplified methodologies for assessing damage strength. The project will provide much needed understanding and methodologies for the structural performance of naval vessels after suffering significant levels of damage. Structural analysis methodologies at both the component level and the global level will be compared with available experimental data and then referenced to nonlinear finite element analysis for comparative purposes.

The damage strength of naval vessel hull girders due to collision and grounding scenarios will be considered and used to assess the structural integrity of the damaged vessel to assist in recoverability process. The energy absorption characteristics of typical monohull and multi- hull warship structures will be investigated.

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The strength and damaged strength of structural units will be investigated using the Nonlinear Finite Element Method, hull girder strength will be investigated using both Nonlinear Finite Element Methods and Simplified 2D and 3D Methodologies.

Value of the Award and Eligibility
This three year studentship covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and provides an annual stipend of approximately £14,000 per year.

Person Specification
Candidates should possess (or be about to obtain) at least an upper-second-class Honours degree in a relevant numerate discipline or a Merit pass at Masters Level in one of the following:

  • Marine Technology (Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering)
  • Mathematics or Physics
  • Civil/Structural/Mechanical Engineering

Candidates should also be a citizen of an EU country.

How to Apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form, via the ‘Apply’ button below, selecting ‘PhD School of Marine Science and Technology – Marine Technology (Engineering)’ as the programme of study. Once you have selected the programme please insert the studentship reference number MA015. 

Further Information
For further details, please contact:  
Miss Carol Barnett
School of Marine Science and Technology

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