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PhD Studentship - Improving Floating Offshore Wind Platform Survivability using Artificial Intelligence to Inform Active Control Strategies

University of Plymouth

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Plymouth
Funding for: UK Students, International Students
Funding amount: £19,088 - please see advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th January 2024
Closes: 15th March 2024

DoS Dr Scott Brown (scott.brown@plymouth.ac.uk, tel.: +44 1752 584952)

2nd Supervisor Dr Edward Ransley (edward.ransley@plymouth.ac.uk, tel.: +44 1752 586182)

3rd Supervisor Dr Asiya Khan (asiya.khan@plymouth.ac.uk, tel.: +44 1752 586123)

4th Supervisor Prof Deborah Greaves (deborah.greaves@plymouth.ac.uk, tel.: +44 1752 586122)

Applications are invited for a 3.5-year EPSRC funded PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1st October 2024.

Funding for: UK Students, International Students

Funding amount: The studentship is supported for 3.5 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £19,088 per annum 2024/25 rate (TBC).

Project Description

The UK Government's pursuit of Net Zero and Energy Security heavily relies on developing offshore renewable energy sources. As part of this vision, ambitious targets aim for 50GW offshore wind capacity by 2030, with 5GW from floating offshore wind (FOW). However, a critical challenge lies in guaranteeing the survivability of FOW systems. Deployed in complex marine environments, these devices face extreme conditions arising from a combination of wave, wind, and current. Utilising control strategies is vital for mitigating the stress on offshore devices. These methodologies are designed to actively manage the forces and strains experienced by FOW systems by adjusting operational parameters, thereby reducing structural loads. Consequently, control strategies have the potential to significantly contribute to the long-term financial viability and sustainability of FOW platforms. However, each strategy’s effectiveness greatly depends on the ability to accurately predict forthcoming events, which poses a notable challenge for floating devices in extreme conditions.

Therefore, this PhD aims to develop a real-time predictive tool for forecasting near-future platform responses. Using state-of-the-art numerical models such as OpenFAST, comprehensive datasets for FOW devices will be generated encompassing a large range of environmental conditions. These datasets will serve as the training input for the predictive tool, employing advanced machine learning techniques. The integration of this predictive tool within active control strategies will be followed by rigorous testing at the University of Plymouth's cutting-edge COAST laboratory. The successful candidate will gain extensive experience in numerical and physical modelling of FOW devices, and application of machine learning methodologies.

Eligibility

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant Masters qualification. Applications from both UK and overseas students are welcome.

The studentship is supported for 3.5 years and includes full Home tuition fees, Bench fee plus a stipend of £19,088 per annum (2024/25 rate TBC).  The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications.  Applicants normally required to cover International fees will have to cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates.  The international component of the fee may be waived for outstanding international applicants.

NB: The studentship is supported for 3.5 years of the four-year registration period. The second part of the fourth year is a self-funded ‘writing-up’ period.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Scott Brown (scott.brown@plymouth.ac.uk)

To apply for this position please click the Apply’ button.

Please clearly state the name of the DoS and the studentship title that you are applying for on the top of 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 research.degree.admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 15th March 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview shortly thereafter.

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