Reliability Modelling and Improvement for Power Converters in Offshore Wind farms

   Department of Engineering

  Dr Mahmoud Shahbazi  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Fully Funded Doctoral Studentship in Electrical Engineering, Department of Engineering, Durham University

Durham University, one of the top 100 universities in the world (ranked 82nd in QS World University Rankings 2022) is inviting applications for a funded PhD studentship that covers the fees at the home studentship level and covers stipend (overseas students are welcome to apply but would need to cover the difference between home student’s fees and overseas fees) to work within the Department of Engineering on Active Reliability Improvement for Power Converters in Offshore Wind farms. The project aim is to study and model the reliability of power electronic converters in offshore wind farms and to offer methods for active improvement of their reliabilities. The successful candidate will have full access to the facilities available at the Department of Engineering at Durham University. The successful applicant will be also able to access training through Durham University’s Researcher Development Programme. This project presents an excellent opportunity for a candidate interested in a research career, within a 3.5 year funded study programme.

Project Title: Reliability Modelling and Improvement for Power Converters in Offshore Wind farms


Project Description

Power converters are usually one of the most fragile parts of modern wind energy conversion systems and cause high downtime and maintenance costs in offshore wind systems. This project aims to propose solutions for accurate and efficient modelling of the reliability of power converters in an offshore wind farm, and then aims to use these models for active reliability enhancement of the power converters, as well as active maintenance management in offshore wind farms.

The PhD student will have the possibility to work alongside the PDRA of a recently EPSRC funded project on reliability modelling and active reliability management of offshore wind turbine power converters, for around 1 year. The student will also have the possibility to get involved with other institutes at Durham and training courses. The outcome of this project will provide significant benefits to the student, and build strong skill sets.

Assessment Criteria

Prospective candidates will be assessed on how well they meet the following essential criteria:

·      At least 2:1 degree with 65%+ average in Electrical or Electronic Engineering (preferably M.Eng or M.Sc.) with a strong ability in power electronics and mathematical modelling.

·      Strong evidence of understanding of engineering applications and problem solving.

·      Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.

The following criteria are desirable but not essential:

·      Experience of modelling power electronic systems with Simulink or similar software

·      Experience of coding with MATLAB or Python.

·      Knowledge of optimisation.

Candidates should contact Dr Mahmoud Shahbazi to discuss project-specific requirements.


Funding and Application Process

·      The studentship is open for home and overseas students, but the tuition fees will only be covered at the UK level. Stipend will also be received for a period of 3.5 years

·      For the eligible and successful applicant, the funding covers a tax-free stipend at the ERDF rate (£16.062 for 2020/21) and the full tuition fees (£4,500).

·      To apply for this studentship, applicants should submit their application using the online system:

·      Applications will be processed as they are received until the position is filled.

·      The Department of Engineering holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting gender and ethnic diversity in Science, Engineering and Technology.

·      For informal discussion or further on the position, interested candidates should contact Dr Mahmoud Shahbazi () before submitting their application.

Closing Date for Applications: Upon successful recruitment of a suitable applicant

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