PhD Studentship in Safe and Efficient Ship-Board Storage of Hydrogen

University of Southampton School of Engineering

United Kingdom

PhD Studentship Position in Safe and Efficient Ship-Board Storage of Hydrogen

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Closing Date:  Sunday 31 July 2022
Reference:  1792722DA

Supervisory Team:    Dominic Hudson, Wendell Bailey

Project description

In response to the climate crisis and to tackle global warming through reducing emissions, we must decarbonise the world’s energy. It is highly likely that future energy sources and fuels will need to be transported around the globe. Even if such sources are renewably produced, the distribution of resources and energy consumption are not even and are unlikely to always coincide. Hydrogen is one potential future energy source. Hydrogen has a low volumetric energy density and is thus likely to require large ships for transport, probably with it in liquid form.

The properties of Hydrogen bring many engineering challenges associated with its safe and efficient transport onboard a ship, including loading and unloading procedures, that must be understood to enable design of safe and reliable systems. This PhD will investigate the behaviour of Hydrogen, initially in liquid form, as it disperses and changes phase. It is expected that a range of computational fluid dynamics modelling tools will be used and potential improvements incorporated to advance these, in order to understand the dispersion behaviour of the Hydrogen. It is likely that access to experimental data will be made possible during the project, for comparison and validation purposes.

You will work closely with our industrial partner, Shell Shipping and Maritime, as well as other key stakeholders in the development of Liquid Hydrogen transportation and therefore this research has the potential to significantly influence the energy transition for global shipping as it moves towards zero-Carbon fuels. There are opportunities to spend time with Shell Shipping and Maritime as part of your PhD studies. The PhD will contribute to the research of the Centre for Maritime Futures at the University.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dominic Hudson, Maritime Engineering Group, Email: dominic@soton.ac.uk , Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2306.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 July 2022 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £18,00 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD  Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Dominic Hudson 

Applications should include: 

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online:

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 

The School of Engineering is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.


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