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PhD in Engineering - Smart Characterisation of Offshore Geo-materials Using Database Methods

   College of Science and Engineering

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  Dr Róisín Buckley  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The School of Engineering within the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate to undertake an exciting new joint industry PhD project within the Infrastructure and Environment Division supported by two industry partners -Geowynd and Scottish Power Renewables.

Offshore wind energy in the UK is expanding rapidly with new ambitious targets for capacity set by the UK government. Offshore wind turbine (OWT) foundations make up a significant portion of the capital cost of a project and optimisation and increased reliability in design is key to continued expansion.

Traditionally, foundation design for offshore foundations was performed by practitioners using simplified engineering models, with the soil-structure interaction modelled using rule-based methods. In the last 5 years there have been significant advancements in the foundation design approaches being employed for offshore wind turbines. These advanced design approaches require rigorous site characterisation data and laboratory testing to ensure they are reliable. Although significant research has been conducted into the design analysis methods, very little research has been focused on site characterisation, laboratory testing and model calibration approaches.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a new joint industry PhD project that forms part of larger programme of new research in the School. This project aims to improve characterisation of soil and rock units at large-scale offshore sites for application in advanced design methodologies, with a particular focus on: (i) development of standard and non-standard empirical correlations using a range of techniques including machine learning (ii) new guidelines with respect to best practice for site characteristaion and (iii) improved identification methods for complex and transitional geomaterials. The research will use new and existing databases to develop new specifications, advanced parameter correlations and identification methods for use in the design of offshore foundations.

This joint industry project is in collaboration with Scottish Power Renewables and Geowynd. Scottish Power Renewables is one of the world’s leading offshore windfarm developers. Geowynd, part of the Ocean Infinity group, is an industry leading geoconsulting company providing advanced engineering support to the offshore renewable energy industry.

The project involves close collaboration with the industry partners and an opportunity for the successful candidate to spend time in the Scottish Power Renewables offices located in Glasgow.

 Start-date: 1 April 2022 or as soon as practicable afterwards

Eligibility: Applications are invited from both recent graduates and those with relevant industry experience. The candidate must have a first class, or a strong upper second class, honours degree in engineering, computer science or a related discipline, as well as excellent written and spoken communication skills. Previous experience with data analysis, scientific programming (e.g. Matlab, Python) and/or soil element testing is desirable but not essential.

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Informal inquiries can be directed to the first supervisor ()

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK applicants and those from the Republic of Ireland for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (£15,609 for Session 2022-3). .
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