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Development of an Aeroelastic Multi-Disciplinary Design Optimization Framework for Large Wind Turbine Systems (SAM32)

Project Description

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Project detail

In order to design a wind turbine rotor, aerodynamics, structural dynamics, and control theory must be considered together. This task must be addressed at an early stage of the design process and is very challenging, as it requires the designer to satisfy simultaneously several constraints while evaluating trade-offs between conflicting objectives from each discipline such as aerodynamics, structure, and control. In this context, an aeroelastic multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) framework is considered to develop new on- and off-shore wind turbine system. Aeroelastic MDO requires a complex set of interfacing tools and computationally expensive procedures. In particular, the need to run a significant amount of nonlinear aero-servo-elastic simulations constitutes a practical issue to successfully perform an aeroelastic MDO. In this project, an aeroelastic multidisciplinary design framework will be developed to include a selection of efficient optimization methods. Design load cases will be selected for efficient design optimization and a new multi-megawatt wind turbine will be designed and compared with existing blades.

A PhD candidate will work at CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology) during the PhD project. CREST is the largest and leading UK sustainable energy research centre, and leading European academic group, its research is innovative, excellent and relevant, influencing industry, policy makers, researchers and educators across the world.

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 Mechanical engineering, Aerospace engineering, Applied mathematics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: wind turbine design, system design, design optimization, multidisciplinary design optimization, dynamics, wind turbine dynamics.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: SAM32

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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