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Mathematical modelling of the distensible tube wave energy converter

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The distensible tube wave energy converter (WEC) is a recognized representative of the next strand of marine energy devices, it being different from current prototypes in its potential to achieve a substantial reduction in the cost of energy. It is a submerged tube, full of sea water, located just below the surface of the sea. The tube undergoes a complex interaction with the sea waves which run along its length. The result is a bulge wave in the tube which, providing certain criteria are met, grows in amplitude and captures the wave energy through the power take-off (PTO) mechanism (the conversion of the energy of the bulge wave into electricity). The PTO may be localized at the stern (the first patented distensible tube device) or distributed along the tube (the latest patents). Successful optimization of the device would mean that the energy could be captured from a much larger width of the sea waves.

The PhD project involves mathematical modelling, asymptotic analysis and numerical simulation of this important industrial process. Applicants are expected to be studying for or to have an MSc with excellent academic results in Applied Mathematics. Applicants should be within the top 5% of their cohort and at a leading university.

Funding Notes

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding.
The funding is only available to UK citizens who are normally resident in the UK or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more.

Non-UK Students: If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work on this project will be considered.

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