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PhD Studentship: Design wave approaches for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

University of Plymouth

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Plymouth
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: From £16,062 stipend, per annum (2022/23 rate).
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th July 2022
Closes: 29th August 2022

Project Title: Design wave approaches for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

DoS Deborah Greaves (Deborah.Greaves@plymouth.ac.uk)

2nd Supervisor Martyn Hann (Martyn.Hann@plymouth.ac.uk)

3rd Supervisor Scott Brown (Scott.Brown@plymouth.ac.uk)

5th Supervisor Robert Rawlinson-Smith (Robert.Rawlinson-Smith@plymouth.ac.uk)

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 October 2022 or 1 January 2023.

Project Description

Development of offshore renewable energy is a key part of the Government’s Net Zero and Energy Security strategies with ambitious targets of 50GW offshore wind by 2030, including 5GW floating offshore wind (FOW), and 100- 140GW by 2050. However, the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of floating offshore wind is still high compared with fixed foundation offshore wind. Floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) are exposed to harsh and complex conditions in the marine environment and it is important that at the design stage, potential extreme environmental loads on FOWTs under storms, are clearly identified and quantified.

Determining survivability and reliability of FOWTs is crucial before deployment into the ocean. Developing probabilistic design approaches for FOWTs allows us to understand, model and validate for ‘worst-case scenarios.’ These methods have been developed for waves, called ‘design waves,’ but need to be updated for FOWTs to include aerodynamic effects on floating platforms and bending effects from the tower and turbine. The successful candidate will work within a team of researchers developing the hybrid modelling system for FOWTs in the COAST Lab wave basin.  

The project will take a probabilistic design approach to assess the conditions leading to critical design cases using the hybrid modelling system with development to include: turbulent wind effects for better representation of real conditions; influence of wave / wind misalignment; most likely extreme bending moments to develop further the response-based design wave methodology. Application of the short design wave approach for FOWT testing in complex non-aligned wind and wave conditions will reduce uncertainty in design, fatigue assessment and in numerical model validation.

Supported by an industry partner, the aim of this PhD studentship is to develop and validate using small scale wind tunnel experiments high and mid-fidelity coupled aero-hydro-CFD tools for modelling FOWT.

Eligibility

Please view here for entry requirements and funding details.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Deborah Greaves, Deborah.Greaves@plymouth.ac.uk

To apply for this position please visit here .

Please clearly state the name of the DoS and studentship title that you are applying for on your personal statement.

Please see here for a list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

For more information on the admissions process generally, please contact doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 29 August 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview shortly after the deadline. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications.  Applicants who have not received a response within six weeks of the closing date should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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