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Redefining Cable Asset Life by Integrating Statistical Failure Models with Analytical Models and Development of Risk-based Asset Replacement Strategy

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Power cables form an integral part of modern power distribution networks. A good proportion of the cables are approaching, or beyond, design life. Timely replacement and detection of any defects, of these expensive assets depends large on cable condition monitoring and lifetime assessment. The PhD candidate is part of the Scottish Power funded project which will also employ a research fellow.

The proposed research project will aim to achieve two objectives:
(a) carryout simulation studies, utilising COMSOL or Matlab, on the indicators of cable insulation in response to selected cable aging mechanisms and propose a set of criteria for evaluating present condition and remain life of individual cable circuits
(b) develop a methodology and risk analysis which can help asset managers make optimised and informed decisions on the replacement/maintenance activities of individual cable assets.

It is anticipated that the candidate will liaise with industrial partners, relevant industrial and academic personnel and that he/she will have to travel nationally/internationally for meetings and conference presentations. The post will start from the 1st of June 2019 or as soon as possible after the date.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required.

Specific requirements of the project

The candidate should possess a relevant MSc, or 1st or 2.1 honours degree to have a strong background in two or more of the following three areas:
(a) Electrical power or high voltage engineering
(b) Power plant condition monitoring/instrumentation/software development
(c) Computer programming using Matlab or C++/Simulation using COMSOL.

How to Apply

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. Applicants should complete the online GCU Research Application Form, stating the Project Title and Reference Number: SCEBE PAF 17-187.

Please also attach to the online application, copies of academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), 2 references and any other relevant documentation.

Please send any enquiries regarding your application to: Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview.

For more information on How to apply and the online application form please go to

Funding Notes

The studentship of £19,300 per year is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees (currently £4,500 for UK/EU students or select one from £15,000 (SCEBE, SHLS) £14,000 (GCUL), £13,000 (GSBS)for international students) plus an annual stipend of £14,800 for UK/EU students or an annual scholarship of £4,300 (SCEBE, SHLS) £5,300 (GCUL), £6,300 (GSBS)for international students.

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