Three Minute Thesis

September 11, 2017

Vincent Lim and Arman Siahvashi pictured at the UWA 3MT competition.

Could you describe your research (or your job) in just three minutes to the general public? Maybe? – It is actually a lot harder than it sounds.  LNG Futures PhD students Arman Siahvashi and Vincent Lim have just taken part in the UWA 3MT Competition.  The Three Minute Thesis (3MT)™ competition develops academic and research communication skills.  Participants give an engaging and dynamic talk on their research topic to a non-specialist audience in just 3 minutes.

Arman who made the finals presented his work on solving the LNG Industry problem of cryogenic heat exchangers blocking with water (ice) or hydrocarbon wax at temperatures around -70˚C.  He explained the concept by comparing LNG flow through heat exchanger tubes to blood flow through arteries.

Vincent presented his work to help improve prediction of when subsea oil and gas pipelines could block due to water and gas ice-like structures called hydrates.

Held as part of Research Week at UWA the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.

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