Supervisor: Dr Liu Yang (University of Strathclyde), Dr Paul Baker (Glasgow Caldedonian University)
Sponsoring company: Blueshift International Materials (US)
PhD Student: Andrew Webley
Polymer Aerogel based composites are used as thermal insulation around subsea oil pipelines, where the earogel is helping reduce the conductivity to very low values, while the addition of fibres to the aerogel ensures that it's flexible and less brittle. This combination allows the insulation properties of the pipe to be very good, while also ensuring that the insulation is robust enough that it can withstand the challenging conditions present in subsea locations without becoming damaged.