Dr Tristan Smith

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Research Summary

I have three principle fields of research interest: Low Carbon Shipping The development and implementation of technologies and operational practices for the reduction of CO2 emission from shipping. This research area is highly multi-disciplinary, and while my focus is on the development of techno-economic models for the shipping industry and the design of robust and effective policy and instruments for CO2 emission reduction, my research interests cover all aspects of shipping economics, logistics and operation. Marine Renewables Wave, offshore wind and tidal power offer significant potential as low carbon energy supplies of the future. My research interest is in developing and performing hydrodynamic and structural analysis of these devices to establish both their performance and their safety (from a structural integrity perspective). Safety of Damaged Ships and Offshore Structures Ships and offshore structures are designed to withstand structural loads which in accidents can be exceeded. They may then have to survive in a harsh environment before remedial action or recovery to a safe haven can be achieved. This research interest is focused on the development of analysis techniques to assess the survivability of damaged structures in waves - with particular focus on the fluid structure interaction of flooded damaged structures.

Research outputs

A simple hydraulic model for the hydrodynamic loading on a heaving horizontal cylinder with a small damage opening at its keel 2013 Drake KR,Smith TWP,Fone D
D2.2 Maritime Sector Model Report 2013 Smith TWP,O'Keeffe E,Agnolucci P,Haji S
D2.1: External Factors Scenario 2050 Report 2013 Smith TWP,O'Keeffe E,Agnolucci P,Haji S,Lindstad H
Assessment of Shipping's Efficiency Using Satellite AIS data 2013 Smith TWP,O'Keeffe E,Aldous L,Agnolucci P
Technical energy efficiency, its interaction with optimal operating speeds and the implications for the management of shipping’s carbon emissions 2012 Smith TWP
Energy, Transport and The Environment, Addressing the Sustainable Mobility Paradigm. Low Carbon Shipping 2012 Smith TWP
The (low-carbon) shipping forecast: opportunities on the high seas 2012 Bows A,Smith TWP
A simple hydraulic model for the hydrodynamic loading on a heaving horizontal cylinder with a small damage opening at its keel 2012 Drake KR,Smith TWP,Fone D
Experiments on a damaged ship section 2009 Smith TWP,Drake KR,Wrobel P
Investigation of the variation of loads experienced by a damaged ship in waves 2007 Smith TWP,Drake KR,Rusling S
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Research activities

Development of a Shipboard Algal Bioreactor
low carbon shipping