(c) Neil Holmes - offshorewind

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy: Wind Turbine Blade Infusion Modelling

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 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 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, a 4-year taught and research industry-sponsored Aura CDT PhD is offered. The PhD directly addresses sector needs to understand blade infusion modelling.

Wind turbine blades are some of the largest composite structures currently manufactured and they are becoming larger and more sophisticated. Blades are manufactured from composites with glass/carbon reinforcement and epoxy resin matrix. The infusion of resin into the blade mould is governed by complex and interacting flow, thermal and chemical processes, some of which are not fully understood. In order to ensure consistently high quality manufacture of existing and new blade designs, it is desirable to create numerical models of the infusion process to better understand and adapt process setup.

Working with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), the largest manufacturer of offshore wind turbines, we will investigate techniques to model the resin infusion process for current and planned blade designs. The work is supported by SGRE and will involve close collaboration with SGRE colleagues in the UK and Denmark.

The project aims are:

  • Establish process for generating blade casting simulation models from available CAD and FEA models.
  • Investigate key process parameters affecting resin flow and penetration during casting process.
  • Model/simulate the casting process and resin flow for a particular blade design based on identified key parameters.
  • Develop model scenarios to simulate ‘good’ blade casting as well as various casting defects and compare to ‘real life’ experience.
  • Identify key parameters affecting various defect scenarios.
  • Optimise casting parameters for maximised quality and consistency.

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 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

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 with a First-class Honours degree or a 2:1 Honours degree and a Masters (or the international equivalents) in Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering or related disciplines. Experience of modelling fluid flow processes would be advantageous.

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).