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Ship machinery intelligent diagnostics and maintenance by integrating digital twins and Mixed Reality tools

   Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering

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  Dr G Theotokatos, Mr Syed Awais Munawar  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This PhD project aims at developing a novel methodology and associated tools to address the intelligent diagnostics and cost-effective maintenance of critical ship machinery systems by integrating digital twins and Virtual/Mixed Reality tools. The project targets to achieve intelligent operations of maritime assets by using Industry 4.0 technologies, such as, digital twins, VR/MR, and machine learning tools, shifting the decision-making process from vessel to shore, and from humans to machines with reduced crew intervention, thus progressing towards more sustainable and autonomous operations.

The project is collaborative between the Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) at the Department of Naval, Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (NAOME) and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), both at University of Strathclyde. The proposed research complements the research activities carried out at the MSRC, focused on the development of intelligent systems advancing net-zero shipping operations as well as the themes of data analytics and digital factory of NMIS. The NMIS state-of-the-art digital visualisation suite and Interactive 3D visualisation systems along with MSRC VR equipment will be employed.

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering is a world-leader in research, making a significant contribution to National, European and International policy-making in Marine Technology research and its application. As part of a significant Industry-University partnership involving, the University of Strathclyde – Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and DNV Classification Society, the Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) of Excellence was established with the vision to shape the future of maritime safety. 

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a specialist technology centre within the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland. Filling the space between fundamental academic research and industry, AFRC provides access to cutting-edge R&D facilities and talented engineers, researchers and business professionals, who are securing the manufacturing sector in Scotland and the UK for generations to come.

Detailed project description is provided at the following link:


Subject areas include - Engineering, Marine Engineering, Maritime and Transport Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Integrated Engineering

Funding Notes

Funding towards:
• Home fee
• Stipend
The funding covers the home student tuition fees and stipend in line with the UK Research and Innovation rates (£15,609 for academic year 2022-2023) for 36 months.
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