UCL Energy Institute

Dr Tristan Smith

Dr Tristan Smith

Reader in Energy and Shipping

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
14th Jul 2006

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.

Teaching summary

From 2005 to 2009, I was involved in supporting both the MSc in naval architecture and the undergraduate mechanical engineering degree. This included lecturing, supervision and coursework provision and marking in ship design, submarine design, ship stability and hydrodynamics. During that time I also ran courses overseas in ship and submarine design and for UK Industry and government in damaged ship structural analysis.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
St John's College Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2006
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2004
St John's College Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2003