About the Project
This project proposes to address the above challenges, at least partly, in an interdisciplinary PhD study "Tailwater hydrokinetic turbines: performance and environmental impact". Thus, the key objectives of the project are:
(1) To assemble a database of relevant river characteristics within the vicinity of large-scale conventional hydropower facilities in Scotland and Australia (by collecting available data and performing direct measurements at selected field sites).
(2) Using the outcomes of objective (1), to design and conduct a set of laboratory experiments and numerical simulations for assessing the impacts of hydrokinetic turbines on rivers including environmental impacts on flow hydraulics, sediment dynamics, and aquatic biota. The experimental conditions will mimic typical tailwater environments; the models of hydrokinetic turbines will be selected following a comprehensive review of available and perspective designs, and aquatic species will be modelled following recently developed scaling theories (e.g., Nikora, 2010).
(3) To develop recommendations for designs of hydrokinetic turbines that would account for conditions of tailwater flows and minimise impact on biota.
(4) To develop technical and environmental indicators to underpin the assessment of the economical performance of the combined-cycle hydropower systems.
Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a UK honours degree (or equivalent) at 2.1 or above (and preferably a Master degree) in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Aeronautical Engineering.
If English is not your first language please visit the link for details of the requirements http://aberdeencurtinalliance.org/research/collaborative-phds/english-language-requirements-phd-scholarships-2018/
The start date of the project is April 2019.
Formal applications can be completed online: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply. You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Joint Degree with Curtin University), to ensure that your application is passed to the correct person for processing. NOTE CLEARLY THE NAME OF THE SUPERVISOR and EXACT PROJECT TITLE ON THE APPLICATION FORM.
Informal inquiries can be made to Professor V Nikora ([Email Address Removed]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([Email Address Removed])
Dr Stuart Cameron, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, email@example.com, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, UK
Professor Vishnu Pareek, Fluid Dynamics, V.Pareek@curtin.edu.au, WASM, Curtin University, Australia
Professor Daniel Packey, economy and renewable energy, firstname.lastname@example.org, WASM, Curtin University, Australia
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