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PhD Studentship: Development of an aeroelastic multi-disciplinary design optimization framework for large wind turbine systems (WS22)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr T Kim
    Dr S Theodossiades
  • Application Deadline
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). 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, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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Full Project Detail

In order to design a wind turbine rotor, aerodynamics, structural dynamics, and control theory must be considered together. This task must be addressed at an early stage of the design process and is very challenging, as it requires the designer to satisfy simultaneously several constraints while evaluating trade-offs between conflicting objectives from each discipline such as aerodynamics, structure, and control. In this context, an aeroelastic multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) framework is considered to develop new wind turbine system. Aeroelastic MDO requires a complex set of interfacing tools and computationally expensive procedures. In particular, the need to run a significant amount of nonlinear aero-servo-elastic simulations constitutes a practical issue to successfully perform an aeroelastic MDO. In this project, an aeroelastic multidisciplinary design framework will be developed to include a selection of efficient optimization methods. Design load cases will be selected for efficient design optimization and a new multi-megawatt wind turbine will be designed and compared with existing blades.
A PhD candidate will work at CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology) during the PhD project. CREST is the largest and leading UK sustainable energy research centre, and leading European academic group, its research is innovative, excellent and relevant, influencing industry, policy makers, researchers and educators across the world.

Entry requirements

e.g. Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical engineering, Aerospace engineering, Applied mathematics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: wind turbine design, system design, design optimization, multidisciplinary design optimization, dynamics, wind turbine dynamics.

Funding Notes

Funding information:
Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 p/a). While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th September 2019.

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