|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||£14,553 per annum (based on 2017/2018 stipend).|
|Placed On:||24th July 2018|
|Closes:||30th September 2018|
Durham University is seeking applications for a PhD studentship as part of our EPSRC Prosperity Partnerships project. This £7.6M project is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield, Durham and Hull and the two leading industrial companies in offshore wind energy, Siemens-Gamesa and Ørsted. The successful applicant will have close links to the Durham Energy Institute and be able to access training through the University’s Researcher Development Programme.
Numerical modelling of drag anchors for cable risk assessment.
Current approaches to determine drag anchor behaviour when assessing the risk to windfarm cables of the anchoring of vessels close to the cable route are often based on outdated anchor penetration models and data from trials undertaken many years ago. Concerns exist that for some types of seabeds the guidance, on fluke penetration and drag length, could be over-conservative. Knowledge of the performance of drag anchors is necessary to assess the risk of damage to cabling laid on or in the seabed. Increasing numbers of offshore installations for renewable energy means increased cabling to carry the electricity to land and hence prompts the need for improved risk assessment procedures. In this project, advanced numerical modelling will be applied to the problem of drag anchor embedment in the seabed. The numerical modelling will be based on the Material Point Method, which provides an efficient means to model very large deformations and is ideal for the modelling of soil-structure interaction. The supervisors at Durham have already developed the method to model seabed ploughing. The aim is for the modelling results to lead to improved quantification of risk to assets such as cables.
Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:
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