University of Strathclyde (UoS): Who We Are and Our Commitment to LH2CRAFT

The University of Strathclyde, a prestigious public research institution founded as the Andersonian Institute in 1796, holds the distinction of being Glasgow’s second-oldest university. In 1964, it was granted a royal charter, becoming the UK’s pioneering technological university.

Within this institution, the Naval Architecture and Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) department stands as a beacon of expertise, with over a century of experience in the field. It is recognized as a key provider of marine technology expertise, both within the UK and globally. This recognition is bolstered by Glasgow’s rich heritage in naval architecture and shipbuilding, motivating us to produce top-tier graduates and pioneering research for the maritime, oil & gas, and offshore renewables industries on a global scale.

Our research efforts have notably contributed to ship safety, particularly in the domain of damaged ship stability over the past two decades. We are actively involved in various research projects, addressing challenges such as carbon emissions reduction in shipping and the development of innovative floating wind turbines, along with tools for modeling fluid loads on floating structures. Our staff members are internationally acclaimed for their expertise, and we operate state-of-the-art facilities, including the largest towing/wave tank among UK academic institutions, which empower us in our pursuits.

Our vision centers on remaining at the forefront of marine technology. We are dedicated to creating a sustainable research environment that nurtures continuous improvement and growth. Focusing our academic efforts, we aim to raise our international visibility and enhance our impact in research and student attraction. Our commitment is rooted in conducting research that offers practical and innovative solutions to benefit industry and society. The international recognition and strong track record of our staff position us as leaders in key areas of ocean energy and maritime studies.

As the University of Strathclyde, and particularly our NAOME department, we are deeply committed to driving innovation in the LH2CRAFT project. Our involvement underscores our unwavering dedication to shaping the future of maritime technology and addressing global challenges, particularly those related to decarbonization and digitalization within a circular economy context.

Within the LH2CRAFT project, our active engagement in Work Package 8 (WP8) demonstrates our commitment to ensuring and enhancing the safety of the engineering and detailed LH2 storage design, as well as the prototype testing in WP7. Our primary objective is to propose optimal design solutions that minimize potential risks and facilitate Approval in Principle (AiP) and general Class Approvals. In this context, we will conduct comprehensive safety evaluations for both conceptual and detailed designs, addressing hazard elements quantitatively and qualitatively, implementing effective safety measures, developing design guidelines with broad applicability and scalability, and conducting comparative assessments of LH2 storage systems against other types to highlight safety distinctions and similarities.

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