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Wave Augmented PropulsionSupervisor

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

Project Description

Supervisor: Nicholas Townsend (Maritime Engineering)

Project description

Wave propelled boats utilise submerged flapping foils to convert wave energy directly into propulsion. Predicting the benefit (additional thrust, resistance/fuel saving and comfort) is challenging as it is time varying and dependent on the coupled responses of the wave induced hull motions (surge, heave, pitch) and the foil flapping motion (driven by the wave-induced hull motions and incident wavy flow).

Key Skills: Numerical Modelling, Experimental Hydrodynamics
References: Bowker, J. A., et al. "Experimental analysis of submerged flapping foils; implications for autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs)." OCEANS 2016 MTS/IEEE Monterey. IEEE, 2016.

Potential Partners: Wartsila, Autonaut

Entry Requirements
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Nicholas Townsend under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include:
Research Proposal
Curriculum Vitae
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
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