Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy: Wind turbine blade infusion modelling

Aura CDT Industry PhD Scholarships

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy: Wind turbine blade infusion modelling

In partnership with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the Aura CDT is offering a cluster of 4-year taught and research industry-sponsored PhD scholarships. This PhD directly addresses sector needs to understand blade infusion modelling.

Wind turbine blades are some of the largest composite structures currently manufactured and they are becoming larger and more sophisticated. Blades are manufactured from composites with glass/carbon reinforcement and epoxy resin matrix.

The infusion of resin into the blade mould is governed by complex and interacting flow, thermal and chemical processes, some of which are not fully understood.

In order to ensure consistently high quality manufacture of existing and new blade designs, it is desirable to create numerical models of the infusion process to better understand and adapt process setup.

Working with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), the largest manufacturer of offshore wind turbines, we will investigate techniques to model the resin infusion process for current and planned blade designs. The work is supported by SGRE and will involve close collaboration with SGRE colleagues in the UK and Denmark.

The project aims are:

  • Establish process for generating blade casting simulation models from available CAD and FEA models.
  • Investigate key process parameters affecting resin flow and penetration during casting process.
  • Model/simulate the casting process and resin flow for a particular blade design based on identified key parameters.
  • Develop model scenarios to simulate ‘good’ blade casting as well as various casting defects and compare to ‘real life’ experience.
  • Identify key parameters affecting various defect scenarios.
  • Optimise casting parameters for maximised quality and consistency.

The post is available from September 2020 as a full-time position. You will join Cohort 2 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 supported by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Instructions on How to Apply

Academic Supervisors

Prof James Gilbert     email: J.M.Gilbert@hull.ac.uk

Dr Kevin Fancey         email: K.S.Fancey@hull.ac.uk

Dr Peter Osborne       email: p.osborne@sheffield.ac.uk

 

Funding

This full-time Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy PhD Scholarship will include fees at the ‘Home/EU/International’ student rate and maintenance (£15,285 per annum, 2020/21 rate) for four years, depending on satisfactory progress.

 

Entry requirements

If you have a First-class Honours degree or a 2:1 Honours degree and a Masters (or the international equivalents) in Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering or related disciplines, we would like to hear from you. Experience of modelling fluid flow processes would be advantageous.

If your first language is not English, or you require Tier 4 student visa to study, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level that meets the requirements of the Aura CDT’s academic partners. This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each skill.

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