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Research Associate in Offshore Renewable Energy Engineering: Offshore Structural Integrity (399387)

University of Strathclyde - Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £33,309 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th October 2021
Closes: 28th October 2021
Job Ref: 316963

Faculty of Engineering

Term:  Fixed (36 months)

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering of the University of Strathclyde has secured research funds from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK) to conduct a major research flagship programme called “Ocean REFuel”. The Ocean-REFuel project brings together a multidisciplinary, world-leading team of researchers from 5 UK universities to consider, at a fundamental level, a whole-energy system to maximise ocean renewable energy (Offshore Wind and Marine Renewable Energy) potential for conversion to zero carbon fuels. The project has transformative ambition addressing a number of big questions concerning our Energy future:

- How to maximise ocean energy potential in a safe, affordable, sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner?
- How to alleviate the intermittency of the ocean renewable energy resource?
- How ocean renewable energy can support renewable heat, industrial and transport demands through vectors other than electricity?
- How ocean renewable energy can support local, national and international whole energy systems?

Ocean-REFuel is a large project integrating upstream, transportation and storage to end use cases which will over an extended period of time address these questions in an innovative manner developing an understanding of the multiple criteria involved and their interactions.

We are looking for a Research Associate that will lead the Offshore Structures element of research in work package 1, which focuses on the upstream processes in the offshore environment, from extracting the renewable energy source and converting it to electricity, to the conversion of electricity into Hydrogen, to its storage and transportation to shore. Conventional and new materials need to be considered for primary structural functionality in addition to coatings and other methods of protecting against environmental conditions. Knowledge and track record in the design and analysis of offshore renewable energy structures, in particular for offshore wind, would be highly relevant, including proficiency in using Finite Element Analysis, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics in the Offshore Environment.

Having knowledge and experience with LCA in assessing materials options would also be an advantage.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Feargal Brennan -
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