Motions and Loads of High-Speed Catamarans

Dynamic Structural Loads and Motions Response of High-Speed Wave-piercing Catamarans

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Investigation of dynamic wave impact loads, motions response and motion control on high-speed aluminium catamaran vessels. Research is undertaken based on model scale and full-scale experiments in combination with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with the underlying aims of improving passenger comfort, reducing dynamic wave loads and increasing ship structural efficiency. Data collected from full scale sea trials and model scale will be used for comparison to computer simulations to understand the parameters that influence ship accelerations for passenger comfort and safety. In addition it is aimed to develop more accurate predictive models to determine peak slamming and vertical bending loads through simulation for comparison to full-scale trials and model test data.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Jason Ali-Lavroff


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree or Maritime Engineering or equivalent

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in shipping industry or background experience in marine engineering

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Jason Ali-Lavroff to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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