Research Studentship in Experimental Methods for Dynamic Measurement and Modelling of Offshore Wind Structures
4-year DPhil (PhD) studentship starting October 2022
Supervisor: Professor Ross McAdam
This project is concerned with laboratory scale model testing to measure and predict offshore wind dynamic structural behaviour. The tests will use high-quality instrumentation (including accelerometers and fibre optic strain gauging) and novel load testing techniques to measure the dynamic response of laboratory scale offshore wind structures mounted on physically accurate geotechnical foundations. A primary goal will be to produce benchmark data for model development, validation and structural health monitoring approaches. Within this overall scope there will be opportunities to further develop the project in areas, such as (i) calibration and identification of geotechnical foundation properties using experimental results and numerical modelling; (ii) Model development and validation for critical effects, such as foundation scouring, soil added-mass and damping; and (iii) Cross-validation of modelling approaches against full scale field measurements of offshore wind dynamic behaviour. Candidates demonstrating potential for high quality laboratory testing, with an appreciation for modelling of structural dynamics, are sought. The project contributes to the emerging area under development at Oxford, of field data driven identification methods that can provide feedback on offshore wind turbine foundation design. The applicant will join a strong team of students, academics and offshore wind industrial partners, aiming to integrate the latest geotechnical and structural dynamics models to improve offshore wind turbine design.
The successful applicant will be a member of the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMESS CDT), which is a collaboration between the Universities of Strathclyde, Oxford and Edinburgh. Further details of the WAMESS CDT can be found on the course page on the University’s graduate admissions website. The CDT is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and is keen to attract applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:
· A first class, or strong upper second class, honours degree in general engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or other relevant discipline such as physics or applied mathematics
· Excellent mathematical skills
· Strong understanding of structural mechanics and dynamics
· Ability to undertake scientific programming (e.g. in Matlab, Python, Fortran or C/C++)
· Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English
The following skills are desirable but not essential:
· Previous experience of laboratory model testing
· Previous experience of geotechnical foundation design and/or structural modelling
Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Professor Ross McAdam ([Email Address Removed]). Please quote 22ENGCI_RM in all correspondence.
Formal applications are to be made using the online Graduate Application Form that is accessible through the WAMESS CDT course page (click the “Apply” button on the “How to Apply” tab). When filling out the fields of the Graduate Application Form, please observe the following guidance.
On the “Course” tab:
· Proposed field and title of research project: Experimental Methods for Dynamic Measurement and Modelling of Offshore Wind Structures
On the “Funding” tab:
· Are you applying for an advertised studentship competition(s): Yes
· Advertised reference code: 22ENGCI_RM
Application deadline: 3rd December 2021
Start date: 3rd October 2022