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  On Analysis and Design of Submerged Wave Energy Devices

   School of Science and Engineering

  ,  Sunday, June 30, 2024  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

We invite applications for a Ph.D. position in Marine Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering at the University of Dundee, Scotland. The project aims in analyzing new generation of wave energy devices that are fully submerged, namely an Oscillating Submerged Disc, and a Wave Carpet.

Submerged wave energy devices are desirable due to (i) protection from the impact of breaking waves, (ii) elimination of visual and surface disturbances, (iii) their consistent performance under waves with different directions, and (iv) their simple energy production mechanism. An oscillating submerged body consists of a submerged, horizontal disc that oscillates in the vertical direction due to the surface waves. A wave carpet is an elastic plate that deforms due to the wave loads, and it can potentially extract the entire wave energy. In both devices, the disc oscillations and its deformation are transferred into electricity by use of a power take-off system. These submerged devices also function as a wave breaker to mitigate the severe impact of ocean waves on coastal areas.

The goal of this project is to study wave interaction with submerged energy devices and assess the energy production. This will be achieved by (i) conducting laboratory experiments in a dedicated wave flume on wave interaction with the energy devices, and (ii) by use of two theoretical approaches, namely the nonlinear shallow-water wave equations, and an open source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, OpenFOAM. Extensive tutorials will be provided on first learning the theories before applying them to this problem.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with a university in China. All costs associated to visits of China (when needed) will be covered by the project.

For more information about the main supervisor, please see

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Masoud Hayatdavoodi,

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent for non-UK qualifications), and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. For international qualifications, please see equivalent entry requirements here:

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) overall score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in the written component, and not less than 5.5 in any other component). The University of Dundee accepts a variety of equivalent qualifications; please see full details of the University’s English language requirements here:


Step 1: Email Dr Masoud Hayatdavoodi () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Hayatdavoodi, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Civil Engineering: Civil engineering : Study : University of Dundee

Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the Research Proposal section, please:

-       Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-       Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Engineering (12) Environmental Sciences (13) Mathematics (25)

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees, project-specific bench fees and living expenses via external sponsorship or self-funding.
The project will be carried out in collaboration with Harbin Engineering University of China. All costs associated to visits of China (when needed) will be covered by the project.

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