About the Project
The grade of material currently used for many deep water oil and gas field development is the same as that originally developed for much shallower waters, resulting in large wall thickness and increased material and installation costs. Therefore, it makes economic sense to use higher steel grade for pipelines in deep waters and for CO2 transportation; this will allow thinner pipeline wall and makes it cheaper to install. The cost savings that this will bring is very important in the present economic climate in the oil and gas industry. Higher grade steels have been successfully used onshore, however there is no application in subsea operations due to lack of understanding of their structural integrity and performance in offshore environment. The aim of this research is to study the fatigue performance of a high strength steel linepipe and to develop design charts for assessing the ability of these pipes to sustain typical installation and operational loads, and also the suitability of the material for CO2 transportation.
Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering; Materials Science/Engineering, or Metallurgy.
Knowledge of: Fracture Mechanics and Experimental mechanics
• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form
When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV
Informal inquiries can be made to Professor A Akisanya ([email protected]), with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([email protected])
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