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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


Five Fully-Funded Doctoral Studentships in Offshore Wind Energy

(25 January 2018)

Durham University is seeking applications for five PhD studentships as part of our EPSRC Prosperity Partnerships project. This £7.6M project is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield, Durham and Hull and the two leading industrial companies in offshore wind energy, Siemens-Gamesa and Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy).

Supervisors: Prof. Charles AugardeDr Christopher CrabtreeDr Will CoombsProf. Simon HoggDr Grant IngramProf. Toby BreckonDr Peter Matthews

The studentships cover five distinct projects, based on Durham’s research expertise and the priorities of the offshore wind industry.

  • Robust power converter design (Dr Christopher Crabtree)
  • Image analysis and the mechanical integrity of blades (Dr Toby Breckon)
  • Modelling of blade erosion (Prof Simon Hogg)
  • Mechanics of lightweight inter-array cables for offshore renewable installations (Dr Will Coombs)
  • Numerical modelling of drag anchors for cable risk assessment (Dr Will Coombs).

The successful applicants will be working with researchers across the three academic partner institutions and alongside industrial experts from Siemens-Gamesa and Ørsted. They will also have close links to the Durham Energy Institute and be able to access training through the University’s Researcher Development Programme for Postgraduate Students. Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria.

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