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Reducing Wind Turbine Vibrations using Maximum Entropy (WMUF2019)

  • Full or part time

    Dr P Fleming
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, January 01, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Vibration due to wind loading can cause fatigue damage to the blades and the structure of modern wind turbines. The inherent uncertainty in wind conditions makes controlling these turbines difficult and conservative algorithms are often used to control them. A range of control methods, including model predictive control (MPC), have been applied to this problem in the past.

This project will develop a new control methodology based on a new method, called maximum entropy, that will react dynamically to the uncertainties inherent in the wind conditions and in the structural properties of the wind turbine. It is expected that this new controller type will reduce the vibrations on the wind turbine's blades and structure and therefore reduce the risk of fatigue failure.

The successful applicant will join Loughborough's Control Systems Group within the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering. The Group has a long history of working with industry partners to implement research and has extensive expertise in the areas of control and system dynamics.

Start date: 01 April, 01 July and 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in mechanical, electrical or mechatronics engineering. A relevant master's degree and/or experience with control system design, nonlinear modelling or dynamic modelling will be advantageous. It is expected that applicants will have an existing knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink, and have an interest in fundamental research into novel controller design.

How to apply:

All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.

Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

Band RB (UK/EU: TBC; international: £22,350).

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