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ORE Catapult: Fibre optic sensors for cable lifetime performance monitoring

Funding:

Funded PG Dip and PhD

Duration:

4 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

Sunday 16 August 2020

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 and engineering solutions to key offshore wind sector challenges; thereby supporting a sustainable energy supply. In partnership with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult), a 4-year taught and research industry-sponsored Aura CDT PhD is offered. The PhD directly addresses sector needs to understand power cable sensor design.

Failure and repair of array and export cables represent one of the largest costs for wind farm operators and are a focus for extensive research interest. There are varied root causes for cable failures, including stresses caused by seabed movement and free spans, overheating as a result of excess burial depth and excessive curvature during installation and burial, but these are poorly understood.

Fibre optic sensing schemes are an attractive solution for through-life distributed measurement of temperature and strain, making use of the existing optical fibres embedded in the cables for communication purposes. However, there are limitations on the spatial resolution and the resolution of temperature, strain and curvature that can be achieved. This PhD will consider a range of fibre optic sensing schemes and associated interrogation techniques to assess their capabilities in measuring temperature, strain and curvature when incorporated into different cable cross section structures.

A particular focus will be on improving spatial resolution and resolving strain/curvature in 2 dimensions; which is important for understanding cable loading but is not currently possible. The research will develop a sensing approach, possibly combining distributed or discrete sensing schemes, to address the aforementioned issues. Research project activities will include modelling, design and fabrication of prototype sensors or sensing schemes and the cable structures needed to achieve the aims of the project. These potential solutions will be evaluated experimentally.

The post is available from September 2020 as a full-time position. You will join Cohort 2 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 a 3-year PhD supported by ORE Catapult.

For more information visit www.auracdt.hull.ac.uk

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Funding

This full-time ORE Catapult PhD Scholarship will include fees at the ‘Home/EU/International' student rate and maintenance (£15,285 per annum, 2020/21 rate) for four years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

We would like to hear from candidates who have received a First-class honours degree or a 2:1 Honours degree and a Masters (or the international equivalents) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Physics or a related discipline, we would like to hear from you. Experience of sensor and instrumentation systems would be an advantage.

If your first language is not English, or you require Tier 4 student visa to study, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level that meets the requirements of the Aura CDT’s academic partners. This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each skill.

Please contact auracdt@hull.ac.uk for further guidance or questions.

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How to Apply

Please apply online which enables you to track the progress of your application and upload supporting documents.

The online form can be accessed here. You will need to create a University of Hull MyAdmin account in order to make your application.

All applicants choose Aura CDT from the ‘Programme Type’ drop-down box.

Applicants for Industry Partner Scholarships should also choose the appropriate research project title from the ‘Scholarship’ drop down box.

With your application, you need to upload copies of the following supporting evidence:

  • complete transcripts (and final degree certificate(s) where possible). If your qualification documents are not in English, you will need to supply copies of your original language documents as well as their official translation into English.
  • current Curriculum Vitae.
  • personal statement (please see guidance below on what you need to include in your statement).

Guidance on completing your personal statement

Your personal statement should be around 2 pages long. In your statement you should highlight:

  • your interest in the Aura CDT and the research proposal and how it fits with your career aspirations
  • how your previous study links with the Aura CDT and the research proposal
  • why you have an interest in offshore wind and the environment, particularly if your background is in an academic discipline not included in the list above
  • relevant work experience or other experience relevant to the Aura CDT
  • anything else you would like to tell us about yourself that makes you a great candidate.

Please also describe:

  • any relevant research experience (such as a project completed during a previous degree)
  • any academic work you have published or which is awaiting publication including venue/s
  • why you believe you are the best candidate to study with the Aura CDT.

International students must tell us about all prior UK study (whether completed/passed or not, including any short courses).