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Development of a computational tool for design and analysis of floating offshore wind turbines

School of Science and Engineering

About the Project

In recent years, significant attention has been given to the development of marine renewable energy. The offshore wind energy, in particular, has experienced remarkable growth and continues to expand world-wide. Fixed offshore turbines are limited to shallow waters near shores. Floating turbines in deep water, however, offer some distinct advantages over fixed structures, including (i) access to more powerful wind resources farther offshore, (ii) elimination of visual impact, (iii) further flexibility in site selection, (iv) a versatile, integrated hull design solution that can be applied at different sites, and (v) easier installation procedure. Design, control and analysis of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, however, is a complex process and involves a number of challenging, coupled problems. The goal of this project is to develop computational tool that can be used by the scientific and engineering community (the offshore wind turbine industry) to design and analyse the motion and response of floating offshore wind turbines.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Masoud Hayatdavoodi ()
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr Masoud Hayatdavoodi () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Hayatdavoodi, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Civil Engineering: Select the start date and study mode (full-time/part-time) agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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