This project aims to examine, from a naval architecture and engineering perspective, the development of shipping through the 19th century. The UK has a long tradition in maritime transportation, being at the forefront of the globalisation of trade, the development of regulations for the safe operation of ships, and the implementation of construction standards across a wide range of ship types.
Within the UK there is an extensive archive of hull models, survey reports and archaeological remains that describe the 19th century merchant ships in utmost detail. Despite the presence of such material, our understanding of shipping and its development during the 19th century is based largely on a general historical narrative, rather than quantitative analysis of the extensive source material available.
Digital scanning, 3D modelling, etc. will be used to create digital models of the archival data. Modern naval architecture tools, in association with data from Lloyds Register, will then be used to computationally assess the hydrostatics, stability and seakeeping of these designs. Changing historical global trade routes of the time, alongside alterations to the social and economic context of ship construction and use and changing environmental conditions, can provide scenarios within which the visible variation in designs can be assessed.
Over the course of the studentship, the successful student will be part of a multi-disciplinary cohort of PhD students funded by the Leverhulme Trust “Understanding Maritime Futures” Doctoral Studentship scheme. This studentship will cover the UK/EU tuition fees and provide a tax-free RCUK-level stipend for 3 years. Full tuition fees and stipend are not covered for overseas (non-EU) students.
If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Stephen Boyd, Fluid Structure Interactions research group, Email: [email protected]
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