Experimental research using newly developed technology known as the hexapod apparatus, aims to identify new ways to improve the safe storage and transport of liquefied LNG across the world’s oceans.

Rough seas and sloshing of stored liquids in partially-filled LNG tankers can cause damage to surrounding insulation of tanker walls resulting in implications for safety and asset integrity.

“We use a hexapod and other instrumentation to study the physics of liquid sloshing in tanks, and in particular the effects of 2D and 3D  geometries. We can then assess the influence of various design and operational parameters on sloshing and identify new ways to improve LNG storage and transportation,”
says Winthrop Professor Eric May.