ECM Faculty Focus
The Faculty is delighted to offer our congratulations to PhD student, Nitin Repalle, who has been awarded the ‘Outreach to Engineers' scholarship from the International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE).
This scholarship is awarded to students and new graduates with high academic standing who have proven themselves in the classroom and beyond.
The OMAE is hosting a specialty forum to offer a platform for students, engineers and researchers from the scientific and industrial communities around the globe to meet and present advances in technology, develop new approaches, exchange ideas and promote international cooperation in ocean, offshore and arctic engineering.
Having joined UWA in 2006 to do his Masters in Oil and Gas Engineering, along the way Nitin discovered a passion for research and joined the doctorate program in November 2007.
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) shipping is a principal part of the LNG value chain, which comprises of delivering LNG from the Liquefaction facility to the regasification and storage unit. Nitin is focusing his research on estimating the impact loads in partially filled LNG tanks, which is emerging as a serious technical issue in the LNG transport industry.
With increasing ship sizes and new markets, the need for safe and efficient gas transport has been raised and Nitin's research will provide a better understanding of the physics governing the problem.
Asked about future plans, Nitin says "I would like to see how my research in safety of LNG carriers can influence ship procurement and LNG transportation."
"I look forward to understanding the need and requirements of oil and gas industry in terms of Research and Development and how they can work closely."
Nitin is in his third year of PhD supervised by Professor Krish Thiagarajan and Professor Murali Kantharaj (Indian Institute of Technology Madras). His research profile is available on the postgraduate research profiles website