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  Wave Carpet: Protecting coastal zones while generating electricity

   School of Science and Engineering

  ,  Sunday, June 30, 2024  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

A submerged wave carpet is a deformable plate, or elastic mat, that can be used to extract the wave energy, and for mitigation of large waves in coastal areas. The principle concept of a wave carpet energy device is similar to that of propagation of waves over a muddy seafloor, where significant amount of wave energy attenuates due to the strong interaction with the mud banks. Similarly, a wave carpet is a mud-resembling deformable plate that can potentially extract the entire wave energy. The plate deformation can be transferred into electricity generation by a direct-drive power take-off system connected to the plate. The goal of this project is (i) to solve the problem of interaction of nonlinear long-waves with the elastic submerged plate by developing theoretical tools, (ii) to determine the power output of the device, and (iii) to determine the effect of the wave energy devices on coastal areas.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Masoud Hayatdavoodi ()

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr Masoud Hayatdavoodi () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Hayatdavoodi, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Civil Engineering: Civil engineering research degrees | University of Dundee.

Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the Research Proposal section, please:

-       Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-       Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Engineering (12) Mathematics (25)

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees, project specific bench fees and living expenses via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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