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EPSRC ReNU CDT PhD Studentship with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult: Rigid-flexible coupled multi-body dynamic research of floating offshore wind turbines

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    Prof Z Hu
    Dr R Norman
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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Start date and duration

September 2020 for 4 years


The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities, for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training. This project aims to improve dynamic responses prediction accuracy of floating offshore wind turbines (FOWT) and benefits UK’s ocean renewable energy development.

It will investigate rigid-flexible coupled multi-body dynamic mechanism and FOWT’s dynamic characteristics. The project research will take advantage of theoretical analysis, programming and numerical simulation methods. Through this project, an aero-hydro-elastic-mooring-servo coupled numerical programme will be developed as a useful tool for FOWT engineering design. A 7MW wind turbine will be used in the project research.

This project will be financially supported by ORE Catapult in a collaborative way. ORE Catapult will host the student for a minimum of a 3-month placement per year, offer advice and guidance to the research project to a wider offshore wind industry.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Zhiqiang Hu, Newcastle University -

Dr Chong Ng, ORE Catapult

Dr Rose Norman, Newcastle University -

Eligibility Criteria

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

Candidates are expected to:
•have a MSc or equivalent MEng degree in engineering disciplines
•be interested in offshore renewable energy
•have the background knowledge of aerodynamics, hydrodynamics and structural dynamics
•master the skills of computing programming
•good English writing skills

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:
•insert the programme code 8208F in the programme of study section
•select ‘PhD Energy Materials’ as the programme of study
•insert the studentship code ReNU201 in the studentship/partnership reference field
•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ReNU201 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
•include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words and include the advert reference code ReNU201
•attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications


Professor Zhiqiang Hu; [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009 plus an industrial top up. Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

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