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Biomimicry for de-risking ORE installations

   School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

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  Dr Keri Collins, Dr Richard Pemberton  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

DoS: Dr Keri Collins ([Email Address Removed], tel.: +44 (0)1752 586 149)

2nd Supervisor: Dr Richard Pemberton ([Email Address Removed], tel.: +44 (0)1752 586 169)

3rd Supervisor: tbc dependent on person applying and project direction.

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 01 October 2022 or 01 January 2023.

Project Description

One of the major ways of meeting net-zero targets will be the wide scale adoption of Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE). Whilst there is a long standing history of how to design, install and operate structures for fossil fuel extraction, ORE presents a whole new set of challenges, which are, as yet, unresolved. A great deal of research is currently required to support the design of moorings, anchors and platforms to maximise the energy recovered from an installation. This PhD would look to investigate the world of biomimetic design, and establish how it could enhance the development of ORE structures. The scope of the PhD is not limited in terms of directions of investigation, whether it be at a micro-scale or a macro-scale, and could target solutions in materials, chemistry, mechanical design, rigid body dynamics, structural modelling and hydrodynamics, to name only a few disciplines. As such, the investigations of the Ph.D. will be best suited to low-TRL technology and would look to address research questions such as:

  1. Can effects of snatch-loading of mooring lines be mitigated through innovative design of mooring lines or systems? Is this best tackled at the materials (micro) or structural design scale? Do in-line components with variable stiffness go far enough to mitigate these events?
  2. Can we determine a best practice methodology to ensure data scaled up from the laboratory environment to full-scale is accurate, in particular with respect to line loads? How does this rely on choices made at the experimental scale?

With respect to the other components and platform design, the possibilities are numerous and may target the component design or the local environment as best suits the candidate.


Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant Master’s qualification.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Keri Collins: [Email Address Removed]

To apply for this position please visit here .

Please clearly state the name of the DoS and the studentship title that you are applying for on your personal statement.

Please see here for a list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

For more information on the admissions process generally, please contact [Email Address Removed].

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 29th August 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at the start of September 2022. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received a response within six weeks of the closing date should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Funding Notes

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £16,062.00 per annum (2022/23 rate). The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover International fees will have to cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates (approximately £12,670 per annum).
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