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Fully-Funded Doctoral Studentship in Modelling the Effect of Blade Erosion on the Aerodynamic Performance of Offshore Wind Turbines

Durham University - Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Durham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,553 This is tax-free, and is based on 2017/2018 stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th July 2018
Closes: 1st September 2018

Durham University is seeking applications for a PhD studentship as part of our EPSRC Prosperity Partnerships project (EP/R004900/1). 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 Orsted (formerly DONG Energy). The successful applicants will be working with researchers across the three academic partner institutions and alongside industrial experts from Siemens-Gamesa and Orsted. They will also have close links to the Durham Energy Institute and be able to access training through the University’s Researcher Development Programme

Project Title

Improved modelling of the impact of blade erosion on offshore wind turbine performance.

Project Description

Orsted is interested in developing improved numerical techniques for predicting the impact of erosion damage and their repair solutions, on the aerodynamic performance of offshore wind turbines. This PhD study will contribute to the work that they are undertaking to address this development need. The first step in the project will be to perform wind tunnel tests at the University on idealised geometries with different surface roughness that are representative of blade erosion, in order to generate a body of test data for method validation purposes. Commercially available CFD and Solid Mechanics tools will be used to develop a numerical method for predicting the impact of the erosion damage on aerodynamic performance. This method will be validated using the wind tunnel test data. This validated methodology will be a major output from the project. The latter part of the study will involve applying the new method to assess the impact of blade erosion damage and the repair methods used on the performance of an in-service offshore wind turbine, using data on the blade surface degradation over time measured during the service life of this machine.

   
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