Title Discovery Channel features lifeboats project Date 26/07/2017 Producer/Author Discovery channel and Newcastle University, UK URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgMoNnjmsWA&feature=youtu.be&list=PL1B0C4F5C808E1FEB Persons Spyros Hirdaris Title Discovery Channel features lifeboats project Degree of recognition International Media type Television Country United States Date 26/06/2017 Description Discovery Channel video features collaboration on the structural design of lifeboats led by the University, RNLI and Lloyd’s Register.
Discovery Channel has come to the University for an exciting TV feature on the significant research being undertaken in the School of Marine Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Lloyd’s Register.
With a focus on the structural design of Search and Rescue craft, the project seeks to increase the understanding of the behaviour of the structure and the materials used.
Computer models, small-scale experiments and full-size sea trials set out to analyse the behaviour of lifeboats at a range of speeds and in varying conditions.
The findings will enable the RNLI to advise the crews and technicians on how the existing boats should be operated and maintained, ensuring their safe operation and extending their life. In the longer term, Severn class lifeboats could be upgraded and future boats designed with different materials and improved strength characteristics.
The project collaborates with Lloyd’s Register to ensure that outcomes can be more easily disseminated to the wider industry, possibly leading to an upgrade of current standards.
The Project Team:
Professor Richard Birmingham, Professor Bob Dow, Dr Simon Benson, Federico Prini – Newcastle University
Holly Phillips, Pete Sheppard – RNLI
Jesus Mediavilla Varas, Michael Johnson, Spyros Hirdaris – Lloyd’s Register
The research is funded by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Watch the Discovery Channel feature.
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Photo caption: Federico Prini at the Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station.
URL https://my.ncl.ac.uk/staff/nuconnections/item/discovery-channel-features-lifeboats-project Persons Spyros Hirdaris