A lucky side effect of the polymeric coatings on steel pipelines is that they also work as bumpers at great water depths. PhD candidate Ole Vestrum has found a new way to model how they react when hit by mooring lines, falling anchors or fishing trawls.
Think Iceland. Think pressure cooker 5 000 metres below the geysers. Think 500 centigrade at 300 bar. Now, that IS hot stuff.
Birgit Søvik Opheim never considered a PhD until a couple of people gave her a personal, gentle push.