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Research Studentships

 

Research Studentship in Wind Farm Modelling

3-year D.Phil studentship, available from E.ON and The University of Oxford

Research Area

This studentship is a collaboration between the University of Oxford (Department of Engineering Science) and E.ON (Climate and Renewables). The academic supervisors are Prof. Willden and Dr. Vogel, and the industrial supervisor is Dr. Gunn.

The objective of the project is the reduce the cost of future large wind farms through the development of new wind farm flow interaction models. Engineering models are used to optimise the layout of wind farms, estimate loads on wind turbines, and investigate farm-wide control strategies. Current models, that were developed for smaller wind farms and less significant turbine interactions, are reliant on empirical turbine representations and overly simplified wake interaction models, that have been shown to be prone to error in even simple turbine interactional cases. Errors in such models can have a large impact on the Levelised Cost of Energy of a wind farm. Working with the E.ON renewables team the project will seek to develop a new type of wind turbine interaction model that is based on more complex flow interaction physics that will be simulated through blade resolved and reduced order CFD methods. The improved interactional physics will be used to build a new Lagrangian transport wind farm interaction model.

The successful applicant will be a member of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group and will work as part of a team of fluid dynamicists with diverse interest spanning renewable energy and offshore fluid mechanics. Further information on the group can be found at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/civil/efm.

Award Value

The studentship covers University and College fees at the level set for UK/EU students, plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £16,000 p.a.

Elibigility

This studentship is available to all applicants but the University fees are covered only at the UK/EU rate. Therefore overseas students would have the provide the difference between the UK/EU and the overseas student rates for the University fees from some other source, such as a scholarship or personal funds.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related field,
  • Strong understanding of fluid dynamics,
  • Ability to undertake scientific programming in Matlab, Python, Fortran, C/C++, etc,
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.


The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Experience in computational fluid dynamics

Application Procedure

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to :

  • Detailed CV,
  • Covering letter explaining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the doctorate, and your research/industry experience to date,
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees.

Note: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/graduate-admissions-criteria and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship. Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application. Further details about making a graduate application are available at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.

Please quote 18ENGIN_RW in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Richard Willden (). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Application deadline: 13 April 2018

 

Ørsted Research Studentships in Geotechnical Design for Offshore Wind Turbines

Ørsted Research Studentships in Geotechnical Design for Offshore Wind Turbines

Up to three 4-year DPhil studentships, fully funded by Ørsted, are available at Oxford University from October 2018. The successful applicants will work on a major research project led by Oxford University funded by Ørsted (https://orsted.co.uk/), and will join the EPSRC-funded Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) CDT program (http://www.rems-cdt.ac.uk/).

Research Area

Ørsted and Oxford University have signed a five year research framework agreement to develop new design methods for offshore wind turbine foundations, with particular focus on cyclic loading of monopile foundations. The work develops from recent collaborations, including the PISA (Pile Soil Analysis) project, which has produced new design methods for monopiles, leading to reduced size and cost of the foundations. PISA was specifically focused on monotonic loading however the wind turbines are exposed to significant cyclic loading through the action of wind, wave and the operation of the turbine. This next phase of work, supported by the framework agreement, aims to develop design methods that specifically address cyclic loading conditions through theoretical development, numerical analysis, laboratory testing and medium scale field testing. The project will be led by Professor Byron Byrne, in close collaboration with Ørsted, as well as academic colleagues and students at Oxford.

Three fully funded studentships are available on this research program. The first studentship (Ørsted1) will focus on finite element modelling, developing the work from the PISA Project, applying it to new scenarios, as well as exploring the application of machine learning approaches to offshore geotechnical design. Candidates with expertise in the use of finite element modelling software are sought. The second project (Ørsted2) will focus on laboratory model and element testing, exploring the link between cyclic element testing (such as from triaxial testing), the macro behaviour of monopile foundations and theoretical models. Candidates should demonstrate relevant experience in laboratory testing. The final studentship (Ørsted3) will focus on theoretical developments, exploring the application of the Hyperplastic Accelerated Ratcheting Model (HARM) to monopile behaviour. Candidates should demonstrate a strong understanding of theoretical mechanics and plasticity theory applied to geotechnical engineering. The team will work closely together to deliver the overall project alongside academic staff and engineers from Ørsted.
Further details and relevant papers are available from .

Award Value

The studentships will cover University/College fees plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of at least £18,000 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further three years.

Eligibility

Up to three studentships are available. Home and EU candidates are eligible for full funding. Consideration will be given to funding of up to one candidate classified as overseas, if suitable candidates apply.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class, or upper second class, honours degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or a cognate discipline (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Geology);
  • Evidence of good mathematical and computational skills as applied to civil and geotechnical engineering problems;
  • Appreciation of design methods for offshore foundations;
  • Enthusiasm to undertake the research required for a doctorate;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English;
  • Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievement.


The following are desirable but not essential:

  • Detailed knowledge of geotechnical engineering;
  • Specialist skills such as use of FE programs or laboratory based work;
  • Evidence of high self-motivation and good organisational skills;
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to contribute effectively in a large research group.


Application Procedure 

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to :

  • Covering Letter: This should describe why you are suitable for this project and the REMS CDT, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil as well as your longer term ambitions. You should identify which studentship you wish to be considered for.
  • CV including transcripts/records of marks from university level courses.
  • Contact details for two referees, at least one of which must be academic.


Note: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/graduate-admissions-criteria and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship. Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application (use course-code RV_1). Further details about making a graduate application are available at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.

Please quote REMS18-Orsted in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Byron Byrne, email: . Note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

 

Research Studentship in Fast Finite Element Analysis for the Design of Offshore Foundations

Research Studentship in Fast Finite Element Analysis for the Design of Offshore Foundations
4-year DPhil EPSRC studentship, available at Oxford University from October 2018 
(subject to eligibility).

The successful applicant will join the EPSRC-funded Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) CDT program, which is organised jointly by Cranfield and Oxford Universities (http://www.rems-cdt.ac.uk/).

Research Area

Finite element methods are often employed in practice to support the design process for offshore wind turbine foundations. Commercial finite element codes - which typically provide a wide range of analysis capabilities - tend to be cumbersome and slow; this limits their usefulness for routine offshore foundation design purposes. 

This project will develop simpler, faster, forms of finite element model, tailored for specific offshore foundation engineering applications. Bespoke algorithms and software will be developed, providing scope to optimise them for particular design configurations. The software will be written to exploit cutting edge hardware technologies such as Graphics Processor Units (GPUs) using the CUDA programming language, multi- and many- core processors such as Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors and potentially cloud computing services.

The project forms part of a significant portfolio of offshore foundation research being conducted in the Oxford Civil Engineering Research Group http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/civil. The project will be supervised by Profs. Harvey Burd and Chris Martin, together with Dr Wesley Armour from the Oxford e-Research Centre.

Further details are available at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/geotech/opportunities

Award Value

The studentships cover University/College fees at the level set for UK students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £18,000 for the first year, and at least this amount for a further three years.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a full award (stipend plus fee) the student must satisfy the EPSRC eligibility requirements (found at https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/).

Candidate Requirements

Applicants will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A good first honours degree (first or upper second) in engineering, physics, computer science or other cognate discipline.
  • Experience in writing engineering analysis software (e.g. demonstrated by undergraduate project work or industrial experience).
  • Appreciation of design methods for offshore foundations.
  • Demonstrable interest on offshore renewable energy technologies.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.


The following are desirable but not essential:

  • Experience of programming for parallel computing architectures.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in geotechnical engineering.


Application Procedure

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to :

  • Covering Letter: This should describe why you are suitable for this project and for the REMS CDT, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil as well as your longer term ambitions.
  • CV including transcripts/records of marks from University level courses.
  • Contact details for two referees, at least one of which must be academic.


NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/graduate-admissions-criteria and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship. Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application (use course-code RV_1). Further details about making a graduate application at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.

Please quote REMS18-FE in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Harvey Burd, email: . Note that applications sent directly to this email will not be accepted.

 

Research Studentship in Monitoring of Underground Construction Processes

3.5 year DPhil studentship, available at Oxford University from October 2018 (subject to eligibility)
The successful applicant will work on a research project funded through the Royal Academy of Engineering, alongside industry partners and the geotechnical research group at Oxford University (http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/geotech).

Research Area
Underground construction processes have developed significantly in recent years and are tightly controlled in terms of programme and cost. A number of key uncertainties remain, however, with the structural interaction with the ground (e.g. how soil contact stresses are exerted on underground structures) being one of the most important. Although predictive capabilities have improved significantly in recent years, including through finite element calculations, approaches for predicting soil-structure contact stresses and mobilization displacements are still remarkably poor.

Award Value
The studentship covers University/College fees at the level set for UK students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £14,777 p.a.

Eligibility
This studentship is available to Home qualified students only.

Candidate Requirements
Applicants will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A good first honours degree (first or upper second) in engineering, physics or computer science;
  • Experience in designing, developing and/or using instrumentation (e.g. demonstrated by undergraduate project work or industry experience);
  • Good written and spoken communication skills in English;
  • Evidence of high self-motivation and good organisational skills to meet demanding deadlines on site;
  • Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievement

The following are desirable but not essential:

  • Specialist skills such as programming for data acquisition (e.g. LabView, Matlab, Python) or finite element software;
  • Appreciation of and demonstrable interest in civil engineering construction operations and design methods;
  • Experience and/or knowledge of fibre optic strain sensing;
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to liaise with construction site personnel.


Application Procedure
To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to :

  • Covering Letter: This should describe why you are suitable for this project, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil as well as your longer term ambitions.
  • CV including transcripts/records of marks from University level courses.
  • Contact details for two referees, at least one of which must be academic.


NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/graduate-admissions-criteria and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship. Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application (use course-code RD_EN1). Further details about making a graduate application are available at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.

Please quote ENGIN18_BS in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Brian Sheil, email: . Note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Application deadline: As soon as a suitable applicant is found.

 

EPSRC REMS CDT Studentships

4-year DPhil EPSRC Studentships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures, available for October 2018 (subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

These studentships are available at Oxford University for research into any aspect of geotechnical engineering applied to offshore renewable energy development. The research could focus on applied soil-structure interaction problems, such as the optimisation of foundation design, or directed towards solving more fundamental soil mechanics problems. Techniques to advance the research ideas could include laboratory based experimental work, theoretical analysis or numerical analysis using a range of computational tools. There are opportunities to work with industry to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the academic work directly into industrial practice. There will also be opportunities to work with other leading institutions around the world. The students will pursue research leading to the award of a DPhil degree through the REMS CDT (www.rems-cdt.ac.uk). The students will also need to complete a range of training and cohort activities through the four year program. The start-date is October 2018.

Award Value

The studentships cover University / College fees at the level set for UK students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £15,796 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further three years.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a full award (stipend plus fees) the student must satisfy the EPSRC eligibility requirements (found here).

Candidate Requirements

Candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class, or upper second class, honours degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or a cognate discipline (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Geology);

  • Evidence of good mathematical and computational skills as applied to civil and geotechnical engineering problems;
  • Enthusiasm to undertake the research required for a doctorate;
  • Good English written and spoken communication skills;
  • Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievement.

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Detailed knowledge of geotechnical engineering;
  • Specialist skills such as use of FE programs or laboratory based work;
  • Evidence of high self-motivation and good organisational skills;
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to contribute effectively in a large research group.


Application Procedure

To apply for one of these studentships, candidates should send the following documents to

  • Covering letter
  • CV including transcripts/records of marks from university level courses
  • Statement of Purpose: This should be a combined personal statement and research proposal, not more than 2000 words, focused on geotechnical engineering applied to offshore renewable energy development. The personal statement should cover why you would be suitable for the CDT as well as your longer term ambitions.
  • At least one academic or professional reference sent directly by the referee. Contact details for a further two referees.

NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/how-to-apply and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship.  Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application (use course-code RV_1). Further details about making a graduate application are available at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.

Please quote REMS18_BB in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Byron Byrne (byron.byrne@eng.ox.ac.uk)

Application deadline:  As soon as a suitable applicant is found

 

For more information about graduate study at Oxford please see our graduate study page.

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