Parametric roll prediction and control

Parametric roll prediction and reduction control algorithms by numerical and experimental approaches

Degree type


Closing date

1 July 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

The project involves development of novel prediction and control algorithms for parametric roll motion. The mechanism to cause parametric roll, especially the resonance phenomenon, is investigated and the parametric roll motion in head and follow sea waves is predicted by CFD modelling approach and validated by experimental data using the model scaled contained vessel of which the height of metacentre can be adjusted. Once the parametric roll motion can be predicted, a roll reduction control algorithm will be proposed and tested.

Purposes and Targets: The primary purpose of the research project is to study the parametric rolling which occurs on the model scaled container vessel when she sails in head and follow seas. Besides, application of two methods: anti-roll tubes and stable fins on the model vessel in order to minimize the parametric rolling response for the model container vessel.

The research would like to focus on the main objectives are as follows:

  1. Evaluation and analysis of parametric rolling of the scale model container vessel;
  2. Design anti-rolling systems for the model scaled container vessel (Digital design version and reality model);
  3. Application of two study solutions of parametric rolling reduction (Anti-roll tubes and stable fins);
  4. Analysis of the parametric rolling of the container vessel by a numerical method (CFD and MATLAB/Simulink);
  5. Analysis of the parametric rolling of the container vessel by an experimental method (Model testing at the towing tank);
  6. Comparison and validation between numerical and experimental outcomes; and
  7. Draw a conclusion of the applied solutions to the parametric rolling reduction.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Hung Nguyen


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.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are open to Domestic/ International/ Onshore applicants
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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:

  • Understanding of guidance navigation and control of a marine vehicle (surface vessel), marine (surface) vehicle hydrodynamics/dynamics
  • Experience in programming, especially real-time programming, with various languages such as MATLAB/Simulink, LabVIEW, C/C++/C#, Python

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experimental methods, signal conditioning, signal processing, prediction, statistics and data analysis
  • Prior knowledge and skills as well as experience in control theory, instrumentation and electrical/electronic engineering

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Hung Nguyen to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 1 July 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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