PhD Studentship in Marine Risers

Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Eng (NAOME) is delighted to offer a PhD studentship for research on Rigid-Flexible Riser System for Deep Waters (RFRS), commencing April 2017. The studentship helps towards Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend of £14,400 per year for 36 months. An overseas student (non-EU or UK) may be considered for a partial grant.

  • Number of scholarships one
  • Value EU/Home Tuition Fees and Stipend of £14,400
  • Opens 2 March 2017
  • Deadline 19 March 2017
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs
  • Duration 36 months


Applications are welcome from students with a good undergraduate (first class) and/or Masters qualification (merit or distinction) in the area of naval (ocean), mechanical, civil or pipeline engineering.  Previous knowledge of marine risers and experience in FEM, Orcaflex or Flexcom would be advantageous.  If English is not your first language then you should have IELTS 6.5 or eqivalent.

Applicants must be available to commence academic studies in the UK by early April 2017.



Project Details

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde under the supervision of Dr Mahdi Khorasanchi & Dr Julia Race. The aim of the PhD research is to (1) identify the limitations of the current rigid riser systems in deep water and to (2) assess how the capacity of these systems can be improved through novel ideas. The project will employ the use of FEM computations validated where appropriate through case studies. The study will start with global analysis of rigid riser systems in deep water to demonstrate the potential limits of these systems with respect to amplitude of the vessel motions as well as the maximum water depth these systems can work effectively. Riser strength, top angle and fatigue in normal or extreme/accidental vessel motion are key parameters. The study also investigates how the position of neutral point will change in different configurations or design conditions. Next, the study will explore possible solutions to improve the capacity of the rigid risers systems. The interaction of riser system with floater and new loading will be considered next. A parametric study will be carried out to assess the effect of various design parameters on performance of the system. These parameters may include water depth, length and stiffness of joint, vessel type and environmental conditions.

Number of Scholarships

An overseas candidate (non-EU or UK) may be nominated for Faculty Scholarship (up to £7,500 pa for three years)

Contact us

 For informal enquiries about this studentship please email Dr Khorasanchi and put “RFRS” in the subject.