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  Structural health monitoring and conditioning of wind turbines via sensor fusion inspection


   Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (NAOME) department in the University of Strathclyde in collaboration with Ilosta Ltd. is offering a PhD/EngD position in a project: Structural health monitoring and conditioning of wind turbines via sensor fusion inspection.

The current process of structural health inspection is labour intensive and often takes weeks if not months from the point of data acquisition until the repair decision is made, with significant subjectivity on the result. The main aim of the project is to develop/enhance current methods for analysing data obtained during the inspection of wind turbines. The goal is to provide an automated, objective analysis of the wind turbine's structural health in a faster, more detailed way than standard practise.

Ilosta Ltd. is an engineering company working on cutting edge technology for the structural integrity assessment of structural components. Via visual inspection, machine learning and in-house developed methods and equations, we are assessing the structural safety of components in different industries, e.g., wind power, piping systems, nuclear, oil and gas, etc.

As part of the work which Ilosta is carrying out in the wind power field, the chosen candidate will work with Ilosta in the development of better understanding of structural risk assessment of wind turbines. Using Ilosta's technology and platform, the candidate will research on state-of-the-art technology for determining the structural integrity of wind turbine components, e.g., blades, rotor, tower, nacelle.

The project involves mechanical testing of different materials, which compose the different parts of a wind turbine, as well as numerical simulations, which comprise both finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Academic support will be given by both the university and company regarding the development of the tasks.

The studentship covers fees and tax-free enhanced stipend for 4 years, and includes industrial placements at the supporting company. The successful candidate will receive full academic and professional training from the Wind & Marine Energy Systems & Structures Centre for Doctoral Training (WAMSS CDT). The Wind & Marine Energy Systems & Structures (www.wamss-cdt.co.uk) is an EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training, led by the University of Strathclyde, working collaboratively with Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. The Centre aims to train the next generation of technical leaders, through EngD and PhD graduates, for the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) sector.

Eligibility:

We encourage applications from UK-based students for this position. However, we also welcome international students to apply, provided they are able to cover the difference between the home and international tuition fees on their own. 

  • Should be able to carry out both theoretical and practical work in the areas of FEA, CFD and experimental mechanical testing. 
  • Contribute to additional concurrent projects at Ilosta Ltd.

Qualifications: 

Applicants should hold at least a first-class bachelor’s honours degree or MEng/MSc in the fields of mechanical, aerospace, naval, industrial or materials engineering, or other relevant fields. 

  • Prior knowledge or experience in CFD, FEA and 3D CAD software packages is essential. 
  • Programming experience in Python or MATLAB would be advantageous. 
  • Solid mathematical and finite element knowledge and understanding. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to work independently, and form own goals and milestones

For any enquiries about this vacancy please contact Professor Ali Mehmanparast ()


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