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Fully-Funded Doctoral Studentship in Offshore Wind Energy Power Converters and Reliability

Durham University - Department of Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Durham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,553
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th 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 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

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 for Postgraduate Students.

Project Title

Robust power converter design and analysis

Project Description

Power converter reliability is a major factor in the operating cost of wind turbines. This work will build on the outputs from previous work at Durham University and research activity currently ongoing by Orsted. Power converters in wind energy applications have higher failure rates than would be expected and this project will seek to understand the factors that drive these higher failure rates through modelling and experimental validation, with support from industrial field data.

The project will address topics such as: modularisation and redundancy to reduce the impact of failure modes, investigating the impact on failure rates of increasing system voltage to up-scale power rating rather than connecting identical power supply modules in parallel, and developing a reliability model of full converter system.

The UK/EU studentships are fully funded for 3.5 years with a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC rate (£14,553 for 2017/18).

   
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