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PhD Studentship: Understanding edgewise vibration in flexible wind turbine blade (WS23)

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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

Modern wind turbine blades are increasingly flexible resulting in highly nonlinear dynamic behaviour such as blade flap-edge coupling, flap-torsion coupling, edge-torsion coupling, flap-edge-torsion coupling, etc. In turbine blades edgewise vibration is less damped unlike the flapwise vibration. New studies show that the modern flexible and light weight wind turbine blades introduce significant blade edgewise vibrations which may contribute to entire blade failures. In order to design a new generation of very large offshore wind turbine blade the edgewise vibration phenomenon must be investigated and understood. The main objective of this project is to perform detailed dynamic investigations of the edgewise vibration and to provide a design guideline to avoid the blade edgewise vibration problem from the blade design phase.
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

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical engineering, Aerospace engineering 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 dynamics, rotor dynamics, nonlinear dynamics, wind turbine load analysis, rotorcraft load analysis.

Funding Notes

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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