About this project
The UK is committed to the use of offshore wind energy to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The EPSRC-NERC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment will enable delivery of this target by developing environmental engineering solutions to key offshore wind sector challenges; thereby supporting a sustainable energy supply. In partnership with LaVision UK Ltd, we are offering a 4-year taught, and research industry-sponsored PhD scholarship with the Aura CDT. The PhD research directly addresses sector needs to understand hydrodynamic loading and environmental impact of infrastructure.
Large-scale development of offshore wind energy infrastructure will have significant impact on the marine environment. To support models, monitoring and sector development regulations, new methods are needed to quantitatively measure the impact of infrastructure interactions with the complex marine environment, which include particle-laden and thermally stratified waters. Partnered with global leaders in fluid flow imaging, LaVision, this project will advance understanding of flow infrastructure interaction using laboratory scale experiments.
The student will initially undertake a 12-month taught component that includes a PG-Diploma, followed by 3-years PhD research. As part of the project and working with industry partners LaVision, the student will develop and integrate new LED- and laser-based flow imaging methods to simultaneously quantify the dynamics of particle laden and thermally stratified flows. The research will apply developed methods to scale experiments of flow past offshore renewable energy infrastructure in a laboratory flume. Based in a multidisciplinary research group, the student will apply state-of-the-art data analysis methods to identify principal dynamics of multiphase flows.
The project will address key, sector relevant, questions to:
- Correlate free-surface visible and internal dynamics of particle laden wakes, generated in the lee of offshore wind energy infrastructure.
- Predict settling velocity control on particulate distribution in offshore wind energy wakes.
- Quantify thermal, density stratification, control on offshore wind energy wake dynamics.
The scholarship is available from September 2021 as a full-time position (part-time study is available). You will join Cohort 3 of the Aura CDT in Hull, in the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary – the global centre for research, innovation and development for the sector. Initially, you will study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment, followed by 3-year PhD research supported by LaVision.
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To apply for this Aura CDT / LaVision PhD Scholarship, please complete the online form accessed from the links below (please ensure you choose the appropriate link for full-time or part-time study):
Apply here for a full-time place on the Aura CDT / LaVision Dynamics of turbulent wakes in multiphase flows scholarship
Apply here for a part-time place on the Aura CDT / LaVision Dynamics of turbulent wakes in multiphase flows scholarship
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