Open Call Physics and Engineering of the offshore environment – vibrations and the design of wind turbine systems

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Project Description:

This PhD scholarship was offered by the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment; a partnership between the Universities of Durham, Hull, Newcastle and Sheffield. Applications are currently closed and are under review. The successful applicant will undertake a PG-Dip training year in Hull and will continue their PhD research in the Department of Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

The UK is committed to the use of offshore wind energy to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Aura CDT enables delivery of this target by developing environmental and engineering solutions to key offshore wind sector challenges, supporting a sustainable future. You will join over 60 other PhD students, who are carrying out cutting-edge work across six core research themes, developed with industry in order to tackle sector challenges.

Theme 1 focuses on the “Physics and Engineering of the offshore environment” – during your first year with the Aura CDT we will work with you to develop the focus of your PhD research in this area, looking at a topic relating to vibrations and the design of wind turbine systems.

The wind energy sector faces unique challenges of developing new engineering solutions to continue growth, and reduce the levelised cost of electricity, in the hostile offshore environment. Wind turbine design must account for vibrations which affect the functioning and durability of the system, and the environmental impact that they have. Research topics in this area include but are not limited to:

  • Turbine blade optimisation considering fluid-structure interactions
  • Generation and transmission of vibration from turbines into the sea
  • System vibration during extreme wind and wave loading conditions
  • Application of vibration control technologies for offshore wind

To explore current research being undertaken by Aura CDT cohorts 1 to 3 under the same theme, visit our Research Projects page and select ‘Physics and Engineering of the offshore environment’ in the ‘Research Project Area’ drop down box.

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