Research Studentship in Wind Energy
4-year D.Phil. (PhD) studentship starting October 2022
Project: Aerodynamics of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines
Supervisors: Professor Richard Willden, Dr Takafumi Nishino, Dr Christopher Vogel
As offshore wind turbines are deployed in increasingly deep waters, a transition from bottom-fixed to floating support structures will become necessary. Platform motions add complexity to the loads, motions, control and performance of floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs), and mean that FOWTs can experience greater load and performance fluctuations than their fixed-foundation counterparts. Furthermore, coupled turbine-platform motions will affect turbine wakes and the performance and loads of downstream FOWTs when deployed in farms. This studentship will develop and use computational fluid dynamics models of large FOWT farms to understand the interactions between FOWTs across different wind conditions and farm layouts, including evaluation of performance relative to fixed bottom farms and simpler engineering models.
This studentship will be part of a large industry-sponsored multi-partner project on future FOWT farms, which includes large-scale wind tunnel and wave basin experiments and high-fidelity simulations. The successful candidate will be expected to both draw on and contribute to the wider project, including presenting to consortium members.
Suitable applicants could come from a range of backgrounds (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics) provided that they have interests in numerical methods, fluid mechanics and offshore renewable energy.
The successful applicant will be a member of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMESS CDT), a collaboration between the Universities of Strathclyde, Oxford and Edinburgh. Further details of the WAMESS CDT programme 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.
You will also be a member of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group and will work as part of a team of around twenty fluid dynamicists. Further information on the group can be found at https://eng.ox.ac.uk/efm/
Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:
· A first class honours, or strong upper second class degree in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics or a related field,
· Strong understanding of fluid dynamics,
· Ability to undertake scientific programming in Matlab, Python, Fortran, C/C++, etc,
· Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.
The following skills are desirable but not essential:
· Computational fluid dynamics experience.
Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Professor Richard Willden ([Email Address Removed]), Dr Takafumi Nishino ([Email Address Removed]) and Dr Christopher Vogel ([Email Address Removed]).
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: Aerodynamics of floating offshore wind turbines
On the “Funding” tab:
· Are you applying for an advertised studentship competition(s): Yes
· Advertised reference code: 22ENGCI_RW
Application deadline: noon on 29th July 2022.
Start date: 26th September 2022