Jobs - PhD scholarship at School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, UK
Modelling extreme wave-current conditions and their interaction with offshore renewable energy systems
Extreme wave conditions determine survivability of offshore renewable energy platforms. The effect of currents has received little attention to date but is known to affect extreme wave characteristics. The aim is to model wave-current interaction including breaking waves using the SPH, a particle method well suited to simulating highly distorted and two-phase (water/air) flows. The popular open source code DualSPHysics developed and supported at Manchester with Universities of Vigo and Parma will be applied. Real ocean datasets will be utilised to ensure the extreme conditions modelled are representative of those experienced by ORE systems. The PhD student will be integrated into the world-leading SPH team at the University of Manchester, and have access to unique wide combined wave-current flume to carry out experimental work.
The project would be ideally suited to a student with a strong quantitative background in engineering, mathematics or physical sciences. Under the guidance of the expert supervisory team, the student will gain experience in metocean data interrogation and numerical & physical modelling of waves, currents and ORE systems. Through the project the student will be operating across a range of exciting research areas, and have the opportunity to engage with a range of academic and industrial partners on parallel projects.
For further information contact Dr Sam Draycott, Samuel.Draycott@manchester.ac.uk who will lead supervision with Professors Ben Rogers and Peter Stansby. A start date of 1st October 2019 is anticipated.