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PhD Studentship - Deterministic Wave Forecasting and Nonlinear Control of Floating Bodies

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 Pablo Borja Rosales (pablo.borjarosales@plymouth.ac.uk, tel.: +44 1752 586214)

2nd Supervisor Raphael Stuhlmeier (raphael.stuhlmeier@plymouth.ac.uk)

3rd Supervisor Simone Michele (simone.michele@plymouth.ac.uk, tel.: +44 1752 586120)

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

This project brings together three strains of research: deterministic forecasting of waves, the interactions of those waves with mobile/floating structures, and the control of such structures. Hence, the project has analytical, computational, and experimental components.

The project aims to further our theoretical understanding of nonlinear control in waves and yield concrete advances in this area. These include algorithms to reduce wave-induced motions of floating offshore wind turbines, minimizing fatigue and aerodynamic load; the increase of efficiency of floating wave energy converters in real, directionally spread seas; and strategies for reducing ship motions based on real-time forecasts.

The objective is to use forecasts of waves to mitigate undesired oscillations in floating objects. To this end, we propose using state-of-the-art nonlinear control techniques (e.g., passivity-based control) in combination with recent improvements in phase-resolved wave forecasting and a holistic understanding of wave-structure interaction. 

Some aspects to be covered during the project are:

  • Fundamentals of wave propagation and wave-structure interaction.
  • Linear and nonlinear control strategies to mitigate oscillations.
  • 2D and 3D modeling of floating bodies
  • Simulation, experimental validation, and comparison of the control strategies using wave forecasts.

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 Pablo Borja pablo.borjarosales@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. 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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