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Studentship: Wake modelling of offshore wind turbines in non-neutral atmosphere

   Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

  ,  Friday, July 22, 2022  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The inevitability of climate change1 and net–zero policies across the globe are urgently promoting the need for renewable energies – wind energy is so far the most cost effective – hence, its production will have to increase drastically in the next decade2. As of June 2018, offshore wind powers more than half million UK homes, and by 2030, the country pledges to generate “40 GW from offshore wind– enough to power every home in the UK 3. As our society becomes ever-more dependent on wind power, it is increasingly important to gain a deeper understanding and more accurate predictability of wind power availability to guarantee a greener future. The aim of the projects are to develop a more encompassing wake engineering model that accounts for the effect of different atmospheric states on the wake flows. You will focus on the characterisation of wind turbines performance and wakes interaction in different atmospheric conditions through a series of wind tunnel experiments in the EnFlo facility at Surrey.

This PhD project is strongly linked to EPSRC bid WAKEMOD soon to be submitted.

Supervisors: Dr Marco Placidi, Dr Philip Hancock

This project is open to UK fee paying students starting in October 2022, but later start dates can also be considered.

Read about our research in this area.

Entry requirements

We are seeking candidates with a first-class degree or a good 2:1 in a relevant engineering field (aeronautics, environmental, civil, mechanical) or physical/environmental science (physics, meteorology), with excellent communications skills. Previous experience with experimental work and computer programming would be beneficial.

English language requirements: IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing, or equivalent.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Aerodynamic and Environmental Flow PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab.

Please state clearly the studentship project that you would like to apply for and the name of your intended supervisor.

Funding Notes

UK fees covered. Annual stipend at standard UKRI rate (£16,062 p.a. for 2022-23).


[1]Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis. Intergov. Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). UN
[2] Offshore Wind Section Deal (2019). Department for Business, Energy Industrial Strategy.
[3] Energy white paper: Powering our net zero future (2020). Dep. for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

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