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Experimental study into the performance of vertical axis wind turbines

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The majority of wind turbines currently in operation use a horizontal axis configuration (in which the axis of rotation points in the wind direction); however, vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) have many potential benefits over conventional designs, including cheaper installation and maintenance and improved performance in regions where the direction and strength of wind is variable. While the efficiency of conventional designs can decrease dramatically when placed near other turbines or structures, this can lead to an increase in the efficiency of VAWTs.

The aim of this project is to explore how the efficiency and fatigue life of turbines are affected by the proximity of neighbouring structures and turbines. The work will involve designing and performing experiments in a wind tunnel.

QMUL Research Studentship Details
• Available to Home/EU Applicants only.
• Full Time programme only
• Applicant required to start in January 2020
• The studentship arrangement will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend for up to three and a half years (Currently set as
£17,009 in 2019/20).
• The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or
MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.
• If English is not your first language then you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum
score of 6 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).
• Please note that this studentship is only available to Home/EU Applicants. (See: for

Supervisor Contact Details:
For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Dr Neil Cagney
Tel: +44(0)20 7882 8942

Application Method:
To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the PhD Aerospace Engineering programme (Full Time) please follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage:

Research degrees in Engineering:

Further Guidance:

Please be sure to include a reference to ‘2019 SEMS NC2’ to associate your application with this studentship opportunity.

Deadline for applications: Friday 22nd November 2019.

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