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Fully-Funded Doctoral Studentship in Improving the Aerodynamic Performance of Offshore Wind Turbines.

Durham University - Department of Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Durham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 (based on 2018/2019 EPSRC stipend)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th December 2018
Closes: 31st January 2019

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum (based on 2018/2019 EPSRC stipend)
Duration: 3.5 years
Supervisors: Simon Hogg & Grant Ingram

Durham University is seeking PhD students 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 Ørsted (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 Ørsted. They will also have close links to the Durham Energy Institute (www.dur.ac.uk/dei) and be able to access training through the University’s Researcher Development Programme.

Project Title

Improving the aerodynamic performance of offshore wind turbines.

Project Description

The project is to investigate improved numerical techniques for predicting the impact of erosion damage and repair, on the aerodynamic performance of offshore wind turbines. This PhD study will be in close collaboration with Siemens-Gamesa and Ørsted.

The first step in the project will be to perform wind tunnel tests 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 numerical tools will be used to develop a 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.

Assessment Criteria

  • At least a 2.1 degree in engineering, physics or mathematical sciences.
  • Strong understanding of engineering applications and problem solving.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.

The following criteria are desirable:

  • Knowledge of offshore wind energy systems.
  • Knowledge of low speed aerodynamics.
  • Expertise in numerical modelling.
  • Expertise in running experiments.

Funding and Application Process

  • Decisions will be made on applicants as they are received.
  • The academic supervisors, Simon Hogg (simon.hogg@durham.ac.uk) and Grant Ingram (g.l.ingram@durham.ac.uk), are available for informal discussions before submitting an application.
  • To apply formally for this studentship, applicants apply online at 
  • The UK/EU studentships are fully funded for 3.5 years with a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC rate (which for 2018/19 is £14,777).

Applications should be submitted no later than 31st January 2019.

For informal enquiries please contact :

Prof Simon Hogg - Phone: +44 191 334 1513 or email Simon.hogg@durham.ac.uk or Dr Grant Ingram - Phone: +44 191 334 2428 or email g.l.ingram@durham.ac.uk

   
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