Computer Modelling of Irregular Nonlinear Surface Waves and their Effects on Offshore Wind Turbine Structures

Aura Centre for Doctoral Training

PhD scholarships in offshore wind
energy and the environment

Computer Modelling of Irregular Nonlinear Surface Waves and their Effects on Offshore Wind Turbine Structures

Project Description

Given the growing demand for wind energy power production via offshore wind farms, the need to develop user-friendly mathematical and numerical models for predicting the effects of the complex environmental conditions acting on wind turbine structures exposed to rough wind and sea conditions has become a necessity.

The overall aim of the project is to create a user-friendly, accurate and superior predictive model for use by the offshore energy industries in providing greater understanding of the behaviour of nonlinear wave loadings in the case of offshore wind turbines. This is in contrast to existing models in use, that are based on potential flow theory with slip at solid surfaces. In order to reduce the cost of energy, it is vital to make the design of offshore wind turbines and their foundations as cost effective as possible which, in turn, requires an accurate knowledge of both extreme and fatigue loading which the model will provide. The resulting model and associated numerical algorithm will have clear benefits to the offshore industry. In addition, the results generated will have spin-offs in relation to the equally important and complementary research area of optimised wind farm layout and performance.


PG-Dip Year and PhD Research

We are seeking a candidate for this PhD scholarship with the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment; a partnership between the Universities of Durham, Hull, Newcastle and Sheffield. The successful applicant will undertake a PG-Dip training year at the University of Hull before completing their PhD research at Durham University.

Entry requirements

We are interested to hear from graduates with a First-class Honours degree or a 2:1 Honours degree and a Masters (or the international equivalents) in Engineering (mechanical, aeronautical, wind, renewables), Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and related subjects, such as Oceanography, with a keen interest in being involved with the project as well as having excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience of one or more of the following topics would be advantageous: fluid mechanics, mathematical modelling, numerical methods, computer programming, high-performance computing, CFD.

Academic Supervisors

Dr Sergii Veremieiev, Durham University

Prof Philip Gaskell, Durham University

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Funding is available for Home students only. The full-time Aura CDT PhD Scholarship includes fees and maintenance (£16,062 per annum, 2022/23 rate) for four years, depending on satisfactory progress. The scholarship is available from September 2022 as a full-time position (part-time study is available). You will join Cohort 4 of the Aura CDT in Hull, in the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary – the global centre for research, innovation and development for the sector. Initially, you will study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment, followed by a 3-year PhD project based at Durham University.

Applications are open until 6 June 2022. Please see our instructions on How to Apply

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