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On Local and Universal Optimisation of Scantling and Grillage of a Merchant Vessel Hull

Faculty of Engineering & Technology

Dr Milad Armin Thursday, March 18, 2021 Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
Liverpool United Kingdom Marine Engineering Structural Engineering

About the Project

It is Liverpool John Moores University’s vision to lead the next evolution in ship hull design to prepare the marine industry for the fourth industrial revolution. In this regards, a fully-funded PhD is available in ship hull optimisation.

With the current technology available for prime movers and marine fuels, achieving IMO’s goal is only possible through improving efficiency. In this regards, IMO has introduced the Energy Efficient Design Index (EEDI), which aims to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by the construction of more energy-efficient vessels. Most of optimisation efforts to improve ship hull efficiency has been focused on enhancing the hull form for hydrodynamic performance. Nevertheless, its structure and scantlings have received little to no attention. This project is aiming to develop an optimisation methodology to reduce merchant vessels lightweight without compromising their structural integrity. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop its own optimisation method using a concept currently employed in the aviation industry. The outcome of this project is expected to be an early design digital tool. It has been proven that reliable decisions at early stages of the design process can significantly and largely influence the ship design and ship construction total cost and lead time. Therefore, a digital design tool acts as a critical element to reach the best form, function and context in ship structural design process rather than following the traditional process-based pattern in modelling and simulation. It is possible that industrial partners will also be involved in the research programme, also providing the opportunity to engage with shipyards.

The fully funded PhD candidate will work as a member of the Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM) within the school of Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. The LOOM has been actively engaged in niche and unique research in marine, offshore, and transport studies for more than 20 years. LOOM focuses on two main research areas: i) Design, manufacturing, and operation of large maritime engineering systems, and ii) Logistics optimisation modelling ( LOOM has strong connections with several government and industrial organisations in the UK.

Liverpool John Moores University is inviting UK/EU candidate with the following qualifications to apply.

·        minimum 2:1 degree or Master’s degree in a related subject

·        Experience in Final Element Analysis

·        Strong background in mathematics, having some experience in programming will be advantageous.

If you are interested in applying and have any questions about the suitability of your degree and experience, please feel free to contact us.

Official applications should be made via LJMU’s online application process using the following link: Please be sure to quote the reference M.Armin1 and the particular area of your research interest in your application. Please also provide a one-page cover letter outlining your relevant experience and ambitions for this position along with a full CV.

The closing date for applications is 18th March 2021. 

Informal enquires about the position and requests for further information should be directed to the research team using the email address, Dr Milad Armin:


Quote Ref M.Armin1 on your application

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