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PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in School of Natural Sciences

University of Central Lancashire - School of Natural Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Preston
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,668 for 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th November 2022
Closes: 6th January 2023
Reference: DTC40
 

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship within the School of Natural Sciences, based at the Preston (UK) Campus. The studentship is tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress). The studentship will provide an annual stipend of £17,668 for 3.5 years. Both UK/Home and EU/International Applicants may apply but Tuition Fees will only be covered at the UK/Home rate for up to 3.5 years. EU/International Applicants would be expected to pay the difference between the UK/Home fee rate and EU/International fee rate. Other Allowances include up to £5,000 per annum bench fees. 

It is expected the successful applicant will commence March 2023.

Project Title: Wind turbine array design optimization

Project Description:

Even the latest and largest wind turbine arrays are installed with little thought given to the shape and symmetry of the array design. By optimising the array design using simple physical principles, it will be possible to improve array function and lifetime.

The central section of the Burbo Bank array is shaped like a parallelogram with 20 turbines, 5 turbines along a north-westerly axis times 4 along an easterly axis. It is trivial to observe that when looking (or blowing) along the array axes, a person (or the wind) can only see 4 or 5 turbines, the rest being shadowed by those in front.  This results in uneven wear on the lead turbines and poor power generation from the shadowed turbines.

It is very easy to design an array with far more turbine visibility.  Surprisingly, this has not been attempted.  This project will investigate the potential gains of such arrays, in terms of turbine lifespan and power generation performance of the array.

The physical principles we will employ to generate array designs are derived from the mathematics of aperiodic tilings. Such principles have been used to study foams, the arrangement of a leopard’s spots and the patterns on the surface of the Sun; they are well-established.  This application of mathematics to turbine array design will result in significant and timely benefits to longevity and power generation performance.

Further information

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Joe Smerdon, jsmerdon@uclan.ac.uk, 01772892700

For the application form and full details go to: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/studentships 

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Admissions email researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk   quoting the studentship reference number DTC40

Closing Date: 6 January 2023

Proposed Interview Date: TBC

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

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