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Mathematical modelling of wave energy conversion across the scales

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 08, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: ER/MA-EPSRC/2020
Start date of studentship: 1 April 2020
Closing date for applications: 8 March 2020
Interview date: 18 March 2020

Primary supervisor: Dr Emiliano Renzi

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail

Are you an application-oriented person, who is keen to use mathematics to solve real-life problems? Are you interested in ocean waves and renewable energy applications? This project will give you the fantastic opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment across applied mathematics, ocean wave dynamics and ocean renewable energy.

The goal of this project is to develop a theoretical understanding of the flow through and around wave energy converters at the large and small scales, as well as to investigate some unexpected resonant phenomena recently discovered by our industrial partners, that might enhance the power captured by wave energy converters. Supervised by Dr Renzi, you will develop new advanced mathematical models to understand the hydrodynamics of large-scale effects of waves on floating bodies, and to link them with small-scale effects induced by surface tension, localised wave impact, friction etc. Understanding wave propagation around and impact on the converters is of vital importance to quantify the design loads of the entire structure.

The project is heavily mathematical and requires a can-do attitude and passion to solve complex problems using advanced mathematical methods.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mathematical Sciences or a related subject. A Master’s degree and/or experience in one of the following will be an advantage: Industrial mathematical modelling, fluid mechanics, solution of partial differential equations, numerical techniques.

Contact details

Name: Dr Emiliano Renzi
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0) 1509 223186

How to apply

Applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mathematical Sciences’.

Please quote reference: ER/MA-EPSRC/2020

Funding Notes

This studentship will be funded through an EPSRC DTP for 4 years. The studentship will be further enhanced by a DTP-specific induction and training. It consists of a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum, plus UK/EU tuition fees. Additional funds via a Research Training Support Grant will be available. Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. To qualify for a full award, applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement: View Website

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