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Efficient Whole-life anchoring systems for offshore floating renewables

University of Southampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,668 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th October 2022
Closes: 9th December 2022
 

This PhD offers you the opportunity to tackle the urgent real-world challenge of developing efficient deep water anchoring systems for offshore floating renewable energy infrastructure. You will also have the opportunity to work as part of a vibrant research group focussed on a range of offshore engineering challenges and engage with a range of industry partners. 

Decarbonisation of our energy supply to meet UK and international Net Zero targets by 2050 requires rapid expansion of the offshore renewable energy industry. New, efficient and reliable anchoring systems are needed to support future floating offshore renewable energy infrastructure which will operate further from shore in deeper waters, where high energy wind resources are located. The emerging concept of ‘whole-life’ geotechnical behaviour is also unlocking new anchoring design approaches. Whole-life changes in seabed strength during the system life offers the potential for new design efficiencies.  

In this PhD research project, you will develop new concepts for the anchoring design of floating renewable facilities, harnessing beneficial ‘whole-life’ responses of the seabed. You will undertake physical (element and model centrifuge scale) experiments, taking advantage of the Geomechanics Laboratory and Geotechnical Centrifuge Facilities on Boldrewood Innovation Campus. You will use the experimental data to develop numerical models of more efficient anchor behaviour and you will integrate the anchor response into existing mooring-floater models to capture the connected and improved full-floating response of offshore floating renewable energy devices.   

This PhD project forms part of the activities of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship held by Dr Kwa. You will join the Centre of Excellence for Intelligent and Resilient Ocean Engineering (IROE) supported through the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies scheme and have access to the EPSRC Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub, providing you with a team of diverse and enthusiastic researchers to become part of. The project will enable you to develop your engineering skills in geomechanics and collaborate with industry. The outcomes of this project are expected to be taken up by the offshore renewable energy sector and therefore have direct impact on the industry by improving anchor and full-floating system design methods.   

A First class or high 2:1 Degree in Civil Engineering or related discipline with enthusiasm for further study in soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering is required. Applicants will need to be eligible for UK fees.  

Entry Requirements 

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent). 

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 09 December 2022 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place. 

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £17,668 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.  

How To Apply 

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Katherine Kwa   

Applications should include:  

Curriculum Vitae 

Two reference letters 

Degree Transcripts to date  

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk  

 

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