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

The promise and limits of private standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping 2017 Scott J,Smith TWP,Rehmatulla N,Milligan B
Revealed preference for energy efficiency in the shipping markets 2016 Prakash V,Smith T,Rehmatulla N,Adland R,Mitchell J
The existing shipping fleet's CO2 efficiency 2015 Smith TWP,Prakash V,Aldous L,Krammer P
Third IMO GHG Study 2015 Smith TWP,Jalkanen JP,Anderson BA,Corbett JJ,Faber J,Hanayama S,O'Keeffe E,Parker S,Johanasson L,Aldous L,Raucci C,Traut M,Ettinger S,Nelissen D,Lee DS,Ng S,Agrawal A,Winebrake JJ,Hoen M,Chesworth S,Pandey A
Goal-based approach to fuel and CO2 emissions monitoring - uncertainty considerations 2015 Fischbacher A,Warris A-M,Holloway J,Palmer K,Reid K,Mortensen N-B,Tunnel P,Woodall P,Vie R,Collier R,Smith TWP
Barriers to energy efficiency in shipping: A triangulated approach to investigate the principal agent problem 2015 Rehmatulla N,Smith T
Shipping and aviation 2015 Evans A,Smith TWP
Understanding the Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator: An empirical analysis of ships from the Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association 2015 Parker S,Raucci C,Smith TWP,Laffineur L
CO2 targets trajectories and trends for international shipping 2015 Smith TWP,Traut M,Bows-Larkin A,Anderson K,McGlade C,Wrobel P
CO2 emission targets for shipping 2015 Smith TWP,Rehmatulla N
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Research activities

Development of a Shipboard Algal Bioreactor
low carbon shipping