Saloni Palkar, MSc

Saloni Palkar is a current full time PhD candidate at TU Delft. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from VJTI, Mumbai and a Master’s degree in Offshore Structural Engineering from IIT Chennai (formerly IIT Madras). She was the recipient of Institute Merit Awards for best academic performance during her master’s degree for academic years 2011-2013.

Saloni then pursued her professional career working on various offshore projects with Indian engineering giant L&T in Bangalore and Norwegian multinational Aker Solutions in Mumbai over next 3 years. Working as a Structural engineer, she learnt real-world application of her engineering concepts while designing and analyzing fixed Offshore platforms. Given her strong conceptual understanding and ability to stand out and lead a small team, she was soon promoted to a role of Senior Structural engineer.

While working, she realized that the codes and standards were a mere starting point of engineering and that more scientific understanding was needed to improve the orthodox methods of designing – which are, in general, responsible for huge capital costs. This, along with her unfulfilled thirst for knowledge set her off onto the road of pursuing scientific research while always keeping the real-world requirements at the back of her mind.

In Nov.2016, she started working on her PhD with promotor Prof. dr. M.L. Kaminski and co-promotor cum supervisor Dr. J.H. den Besten. The research topic was formed into a joint industry project named as ‘SCReen’ with objective of improving the confidence in fatigue resistance for Steel Catenary Risers. Currently, SCReen JIP-Phase 1 is being executed with several major oil and gas firms – Shell, TOTAL, ONR and SBM Offshore being the joint participants till date. Phase 1 focuses on development of a total life fatigue damage criterion , involving the micro- and macro crack growth contributions and validation with small and large scale fatigue tests in medium and high cycle fatigue region.