Offshore Engineering

Degree: PhD
University: University of Stavanger , Faculty: PhD Programmes
City: Stavanger , Country: Norway
Discipline: Engeneering & Technology
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  • Start Date of Studies August
  • Admission deadline as soon as possible
  • Programme Alternatives part-time
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The field of offshore technology at UiS deals with principles, theories and methods of planning, developing, service and phasing out of technological systems and equipment with applications especially designed for offshore installations.

    The field is divided into the following specialization areas: offshore structures, material technology, mechanical engineering, safety and technical environmental protection.

    The PhD programme in offshore technology is linked to research within each of these specialization areas.

    Offshore structural engineering

    The field of offshore structural engineering conducts research on onshore and offshore structures.

    This research involves analysis of fatigue and fractures in steel structures, especially offshore pipelines, wind-induced vibrations of slender structures, analysis of the dynamic response of offshore platforms, etc.

    Mechanical engineering

    Mechanical engineering, which includes the fields of machine design, marine technology and subsea engineering and energy, integrates research with the field of offshore structural engineering.

    The activity focuses primarily on safety and reliability of structures, requalification of offshore structures, design dynamics, efficient energy systems and well intervention.
    Research on operation and maintenance has been integrated with the Operation and Maintenance Centre. Relevant areas are measurement parameters, design for maintenance, reliability-based inspection planning, remote operation and maintenance management.

    Material technology

    In Material technology, research activity has mainly focused on the use of transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction in characterization of materials.

    In addition, there is significant activity involving x-ray optics (experimental trials will be carried out at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France) in co-operation with the Department of Mathematics and Science.

    Relevant areas for PhD projects are annealing in Al-Zn-Mg alloys and precipitation in non-corrosive (duplex) steel and high-resolution x-ray diffraction in materials with and without flaws.


    Research in the field of safety focuses on the development of principles, methods and models for analysis, assessment, communication and risk management. The core topics are risk and vulnerability analyses, risk acceptance problems, management of uncertainty, cost-benefit analyses and decision-making analyses.

    Technical Environmental Protection

    Research within Technical Environmental Protection ranges from studies of biological purification methods, biofilm processes and degradation studies to applied problems, such as oil-water separation, membrane technology and design optimization and operation of hydrocyclones.

    We use advanced experimental set-up methods, such as electrochemical respirometry, low-level respirometry, high-pressure and low temperature incubators, biofilm reactors, test rigs for studying hydrocyclones, and also advanced analytical methods. In addition, there are a number of molecular-biological methods available.

    Experimental data will be implemented in simulation tools for model identification, sensitivity analysis and parameter estimation.


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