Joining of sandwich pipes
AAs the oil and gas industry shifts its attention to deepwater and ultra-deepwater fields, pipelines with new structural configurations such as pipe-in-pipe (PIP) are required to meet the simultaneous demands for thermal insulation, mechanical integrity and fluid transportation. As a light-weight alternative to traditional PIP systems, in which the core materials are used only for thermal insulation purposes, sandwich pipes are being introduced, which combine structural performance with thermal insulation in their design. Similar to other sandwich structures, they have advantages of improved strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios and characteristics that can be tailored to satisfy specific requirements. The proposed project aims to investigate novel joint configurations for sandwich pipes and with the view to optimise joint parameters and performance of the joint for high temperature high pressure conditions.
The successful candidate should have, or expect to have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in applied mathematics, solid mechanics, engineering or materials science. Knowledge of composite materials, solid mechanics and numerical modelling using Matlab and ABAQUS would be advantageous.
There is no funding attached to this project, it is for self-funded students only.
Formal applications can be completed online: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply. You should apply for PhD in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing. Please ensure that you quote the project title and supervisor on the application form.
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr M Kashtalyan ([email protected]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit ([email protected]).