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Aeroelastic Design and Optimisation of Wind Turbine Blades - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Dr T Macquart
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
Wind energy’s success is undeniably linked to the economic viability of individual wind turbines and to their capabilities in producing cheap energy. As wind turbines continue to grow to capture more energy, blades are becoming ever so slender and flexible, increasing the coupling between their aerodynamic and structural responses. Our research focuses on the integrated and holistic aeroelastic design and optimisation of blades, which remain key research areas for the development of the next generation of wind turbines. Join us for a challenging experience in wind turbine designs, numerical modelling, and optimisation.

Why Choose this Opportunity
Within our research group, you will have the opportunity to learn about current practices and guideline for wind turbine designs, as well as the limitations of current approaches. You will enjoy access to state-of-the-art software to model, evaluate and design wind turbines. You will also have the capability to explore novel design concepts.

About You
A basic understanding of wind turbine design, as well as structural and aerodynamic analysis will be helpful to make the most of your research project. Programming experience (e.g. MATLAB or python) and familiarity with finite element modelling techniques and software are also desirable.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

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