About the Project
Wave Energy Converters (WEC) are systems primary consisting of electro-mechanical units that convert the energy due to wave motion into a form of electrical energy. Traditionally, the WECs are one of the following three types: heave and or pitch type, cavity resonator type and pressure type (1). Although there is a wide range of experimental and commercial WEC of various shapes and sizes, the fundamental components for in most of these types remain the same.
The aim of the project is to develop a robust systems model for a wave energy system, comprising of subsystems related wave structure interaction, power transmission and conversion and connection to the grid. The aim will be achieved through the development of individual subsystems with built in optimisation algorithms to deliver maximum possible power for a given sea state.
The development of this model has wider applications, specifically in providing electrical power to remote communities without connection to regional/national electrical grid. Fuel poverty is a significant concern in these communities due to (a) lack of natural resources in close vicinity and (b) the costs associated with transportation of fuel from other geographical locations. Optimised WEC can provide sustainable power and has ability to eliminate the dependence on importation of fuel as well as reduction of carbon emissions from reduced transportation.
Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics/Physics or Civil/Mechanical/Electrical or closely related engineering discipline.
Essential background: Ability to understand mathematical concepts, ability or willingness to programme in Python/C++, Familiarity with MATLAB and COMSOL would be an added advantage.
Knowledge of: Programming language, theory and practice of fluid mechanics and structural dynamics.
• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form
When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr A Syed ([email protected]), with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([email protected])
It is possible to undertake this project entirely by distance learning. Interested parties should discuss this with Dr Syed.
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