The mix of energy supply worldwide has changed dramatically in the last few decades. In the UK, in order to tackle climate change and increasing energy consumption, there has been a clear movement from fossil towards renewable and sustainable energy sources. Wind energy, for example, has generated 98% of Scottish electricity demand in October 2018, which has established a world-class record.
Compared with onshore wind turbines, offshore wind could provide a relatively larger capacity and a lower level of noise pollution, etc. As the wind industry moving to deeper water depth, fixed type wind turbines are no longer suitable, floating wind turbines must be applied. A TLP-type floating wind turbine often utilizes vertical tendons as mooring lines to prevent the platform from drifting away, having the advantage of a smaller heave response compared with other types of FOWTs. However, higher-order loads, such as the springing and ringing loads will have a negative impact on the TLP-type FOWT.
This project will first investigate the simulation of higher-order loads effects based on advanced CFD and potential flow methods. The pros and cons of simulating the higher-order loads will be compared and discussed. Based on the simulated load effects, motion responses in extreme conditions will be solved by a holistic coupled mechanical-electrical model of the wind turbine system, which is significant for operation and maintenance. Finally, the influence of ringing and springing loads on O&M under different scenarios will be quantified, providing guidance on FOWT design and analysis.
Applicants should have a strong academic background in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ocean engineering, naval architecture, mathematics or a related subject at a Master’s level, or first class BEng/BSc Honours degree, or equivalent. Applicants must be available to commence academic studies in the UK by October 2019. For further information please contact Dr Xiaolei Liu ([email protected]
How to apply
Applicants should send their application directly to Dr Xiaolei Liu; e-mail: [email protected]
Applications should include:
- Cover Letter
- Degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.