EngD Research Position with HR Wallingford
The University of Surrey - Wallingford

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Knowledge extraction and development of a decision support system for conceptual design of sustainable liquid natural gas terminals under risk and uncertainty
The University of Surrey hosts a prestigious EPSRC-funded Industrial Doctorate Centre offering an EngD in Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems (see www.surrey.ac.uk/engd/sees). The EngD is awarded for doctoral research carried out within a framework of relevant industrial experience and professional development courses. The four-year programme provides at least the intellectual challenge of a PhD and EngD Research Engineers (REs) will normally spend approximately three-quarters of their time based with their sponsor.
A studentship is available with HR Wallingford Ltd, a world renowned research and consultancy company specialising in activities relating to the water environment. This EngD research project will develop a methodology for supporting decisions relating to the optimum design of liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals. LNG is increasingly in demand as a more environmentally friendly source of energy than heavy oils such as diesel and petrol. In areas that are not accessible through pipelines, natural gas is liquefied at its originating source for the purposes of transportation. The primary method of LNG transportation is by sea, and marine LNG terminals are therefore an indispensable component of the LNG supply chain.
Due to the increase in demand for LNG, numerous new terminals are under development. Designing these terminals is a complex process, involving consideration of a range of sometimes competing performance objectives and a range of physical processes with significant uncertainties. Currently numerical models exist for examining the different components and aspects associated with terminal design but there are, however, no models that enable all of these aspects to be considered within a complete system. This project will therefore aim to develop a numerical simulation model of the LNG design process which incorporates hydraulic models to account for waves, tides, underwater currents etc, whole life costing models for the construction and maintenance of the terminal etc.
The Research Engineer recruited will be based at HR Wallingford in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.