PhD Studentship, Metallic Cylinders for Safe Storage of Hydrogen Fuel Onboard Ships

Southampton, United Kingdom
£15,285 per annum
09 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Closing Date:  Tuesday 31 August 2021
Reference:  1303720DA
Supervisory Team:    Dr Sheida Afshan and Dr Yikun Wang

 Project description

An opportunity has arisen for a PhD Research student to work on an exciting project Metallic cylinders for safe storage of hydrogen onboard ships in the Infrastructure and the Maritime Engineering Groups at the Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering Department in University of Southampton.

 As decarbonization becomes one of the most urgent tasks faced globally, the shipping industry is under increasing pressure to respond to the Paris Agreement and seek new technologies for ship propulsion over the next decades. Maritime 2050 strategy has identified ‘Future Fuels’ as a priority area. Hydrogen, in compressed or liquefied condition, has been identified by the industry as one of the most promising fuels for such mission. The aim of this project is to investigate the use of metallic cylinders for hydrogen storage in large-scale marine applications using a combination of experimental, analytical and numerical modelling approaches. 

 You will join two leading research groups, the Infrastructure Research Group and the Maritime Engineering Group, at the University of Southampton under the joint supervision of Dr Sheida Afshan and Dr Yikun Wang.

 The  Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering Department is home to the newly opened UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) National Infrastructure Laboratory (NIL) at our Boldrewood Innovation campus. NIL provides the state-of-the-art experimental facilities including a range of Servo-hydraulic and Electro-dynamic Test Machines and sophisticated data capturing tools such as Digital Image Correlation techniques and more. You will have the privilege of accessing to these unique facilities for the experimental part your PhD research.

For this PhD project, we welcome applicants with an enthusiasm for experimentation, computer simulation and programming, as well as a drive to learn, discover and make a lasting contribution to the field of civil and maritime engineering. You must have a 1st Class MEng/MSc degree (or equivalent) in Civil and/or Mechanical Engineering with strong interests in collaborative research work, and ability to work both independently and as part of a group. You should have knowledge of Finite Element Analysis, computer programming, structural analysis, civil engineering materials, and experimental methods.

 If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Sheida Afshan, Infrastructure Research Group, Email:, and Dr Yikun Wang, Maritime Engineering Group, Email:

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,285 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

 Applications should be made online selecting “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Sheida Afshan under the Topic or Field of Research.

 Applications should include

Curriculum Vitae
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online:

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