EngDStudentship: Finite Element Models Updating for Uncertainty Reduction in Offshore Wind Farms

Renewable Energy Marine Structures

Renewable Energy Marine Structures

Qualification type: Professional Doctorate

Location: Cranfield

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students

Funding amount: Not specified

With a large number of wind turbines already deployed and several more planned, and taking into account developments in the industry involving novel concepts and deployment environments, performance-based design methodologies can provide robust structures while at the same time achieving required levels of safety.

This project, which aligns with the H2020-ROMEO project, aims to investigate the issue of uncertainty reduction in offshore wind farms through updating of high fidelity Finite Element Models. For this to be achieved a series of objectives need to be investigated in depth, including specification of the support structure monitoring problem (setting up of FEA models for condition monitoring, structural monitoring requirements and selection criteria, assessment of hardware solutions for direct measurements) as well as updating of the integrity assessment based on real data obtained by operating units (optimal sensor placement, short term measurement campaign, model updating and validation, validation of long-term effects).

This EngD would suit candidates with a background in mechanical, materials or structural engineering. It will involve numerical modelling through FEA and Matlab/C++/R programming.

This is an EngD project within the Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) Centre for Doctoral training (CDT). REMS (Renewable Energy Marine Structures) is an EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training set up to train fifty Engineering Doctorate and PhD students over an eight-year period. Ten new students will be admitted each year for five years starting from October 2014. This is a collaborative partnership between Cranfield University and the University of Oxford. The REMS CDT conducts research across the full spectrum of Offshore & Marine Renewable Energy structures integrating deep specialist areas such as geotechnical engineering, the soil-structure interface, whole-system structural design & optimisation, design for manufacture, inspection maintenance & repair and structural integrity including fatigue & fracture mechanics in the marine environment.

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date CV to Dr Athanasios Kolios, a.kolios@cranfield.ac.uk

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