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Smart blade technology for aiding tidal energy conversion (Ref: Renu20-05)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities, for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training. The start date is 1st October 2020.

Tidal current carries significant renewable energy. The effective utilisation of it can greatly improve the national energy security. But how to scale up tidal turbines and improve their reliability in harsh marine environments are still open issues to resolve. The research of this project is to fill this gap of technology by developing a new concept blade technology. The new technology will not only enable tidal turbine blade to effectively capture kinetic energy from tidal current, but will also allow the tidal turbine blade to capture energy from its own periodic deflections. Moreover, as the blade deflection will be different when the blade is at different health states, the structural health condition of the blade also can be assessed through monitoring the amount of electricity generated by the mechanical energy converters installed at the root section of the blade. The successful development of such a technique is not only helpful to scale up the tidal current turbine but is also helpful to improve the safe operation and maintenance of the tidal turbine blade.

This project is supervised by Dr Wenxian Yang. For enquiries about the project, please contact .

How to apply:
Applicant should include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words and include the advert reference number.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system at https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/. You will need to:
• Insert the programme code 8208F in the programme of study section
• Select PhD Energy Materials as the programme of study
• Insert the advert reference number (e.g. renu20-02) in the studentship/partnership reference field
• Attach a covering letter and CV, quote code (e.g. renu20-02), and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
• Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 1st Class (Hons) or 2:1; or a Masters (preference for Merit or above) in an appropriate subject area.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Newcastle University of elsewhere.

Funding Notes

The studentship covers full Home fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rates (for 2019/20, this was £15,009 pa). Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

Please note that the scholarship award is set at the Home/EU level of fees. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. Note that up to 4 offers of a PhD place will be made for the ReNU CDT projects advertised by Newcastle University.

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