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PhD Studentship: Integrated modelling of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Systems

University of Plymouth

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Plymouth
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £17668 per annum (2022/23 rate)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th October 2022
Closes: 10th November 2022

Integrated modelling of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Systems

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

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

3rd Supervisor: Shanshan Cheng (Shanshan.Cheng@plymouth.ac.uk)

4rd Supervisor: Robert Rawlinson-Smith (Robert.Rawlinson-Smith@plymouth.ac.uk)

5rd Supervisor: Edward Ransley (Edward.Ransley@plymouth.ac.uk)

6rd Supervisor: Chong Ng (chong.ng@ore.catapult.org.uk)

7th Supervisor: Stephen Wyatt (stephen.wyatt@ore.catapult.org.uk)

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The expected start date of this studentship is 1 January 2023 but will consider 1 April or 1 October 2023 start for the right candidate.

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. This is critical not only for evaluating the survivability of FOWTs, but also to inform the design of new FOWTs for an extended envelope of safe operation and maximum energy output. The accumulation of lifetime operational fatigue loads in non-extreme weather are also critical in reducing the cost of energy from FOWTs.

Design for FOWT structures typically uses separate numerical models with varying fidelity for the hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and structural mechanics the combination of which leads to poor representation of non-linear response and loading. In a floating system the non-linear coupling between mooring, floater, structural response and dynamics of the turbine are all important and complex, and in order to simulate these effects a fully coupled numerical model is required.

Supported by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, the aim of this PhD studentship is to develop a numerical tool for design of FOWT systems. The project will investigate coupling approaches and, using a partitioned framework, will combine the important physics in a fully coupled modelling tool.

Eligibility

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant Masters qualification.

The studentship is supported for 3 years, and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £17,668.00 per annum (2022/23 rate).  The studentship will only fully fund applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover International fees will cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates (approximately £12,670 per annum).

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 10 November 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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