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Advances in control of wind turbines and wind farms (SAM02)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

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Project detail

Wind energy is the fastest growing source of electricity in the UK and EU, accounting for 48% of newly installed power capacity in the EU in 2018 and providing 14% of total electricity demand. Wind turbines are becoming larger and more sophisticated in design, including LIDAR sensors to detect wind speeds, and being operated on offshore platforms. Turbine control is complex, as blade angles must be actuated to regulate power output in varying wind speeds without producing damaging loads in the structure. Neighbouring turbines may interact due to wake effects and turbulent airflow, and control of the blade pitch and/or yaw of a few turbines in large wind farms may influence those downstream.

This project aims to develop advanced control strategies for turbines and groups of turbines, that optimise power output of a wind farm while minimising load, structural oscillations and pitching motion of floating turbines. This will require modelling and simulation of turbine dynamics, considering high-fidelity models for simulation and reduced-order models for control design. Successful candidates will develop sought-after skills in simulation and control applied to renewable energy.

Find out more: Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to email Dr James Fleming for an informal discussion of the project:

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in state-space control design or renewable energy would be an advantage. As the project is simulation based, candidates should have a good mathematical background and knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink would be viewed favourably.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: SAM02

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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