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Efficient anchoring for offshore floating renewables

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Supervisor: David White, Katherine Kwa & Susan Gourvenec

Project description

The decarbonisation of our energy supply requires rapid expansion of the offshore renewable energy industry. New anchoring systems are needed as renewable energy facilities are moving further offshore into deeper water with softer seabeds. The emerging concept of ‘whole life’ geotechnical behaviour is also unlocking new anchoring design approaches. Changes in seabed strength during the system life offers the potential for new design efficiencies.

In this project, you will develop new concepts for the anchoring design of floating renewable facilities, harnessing the ‘whole life’ response of the seabed. You will undertake physical (centrifuge) experiments and develop numerical models for anchor behaviour. We will be collaborating with industry and you will receive mentoring and training through the Supergen network.

The project is funded by the EPSRC Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub and the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies in Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering. You will be part of a vibrant research group focussed on a range of offshore engineering challenges and be based in Southampton’s brand new National Infrastructure Laboratory. Links:

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Professor David White, Infrastructure Group, Email: , Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 6859

Entry Requirements
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent) in Civil, Maritime or Ocean Engineering.

Closing date: applications should be submitted as soon as possible, aiming for a start date in Autumn 2020. The closing date is 30 April 2020.

Funding: full tuition for EU/UK Students plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend starting at £18,374 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online, please select the academic session 2020-21 “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter David White under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include:
Curriculum Vitae
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
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