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PhD Research Studentship in Tidal stream study of the Pentland Firth, University of Edinburgh, UK
Project Description
Tidal stream energy is a natural resource which can provide major benefits to the UK.  Estimates for the size of the tidal stream resource from the Pentland Firth, Scotland, vary over a wide range (1 GW mean - 18 GW peak) depending on assumptions about the fraction of flow which can be swept by turbine blades, the present flow losses, and the impedance of the flow source.  This project will be in collaboration with Siquando Ltd, which is interested in the use of vertical-axis transverse flow turbines to extract power from 80% of the flow window rather than the 7% presently assumed.   The project involves use of a novel analogy of a porous wall to represent the turbines within a numerical model of a single strait, followed by a model of modest resolution of the Atlantic, North Sea and English Channel but higher resolution of the Pentland Firth.  Assessment will be made of environmental impact of large vertical axis turbines in the Pentland Firth.  The project may indicate a very large, clean, predictable sustainable energy source (which can be exploited using vertical-axis turbines). 

Further information can be found at: https://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/PhD/getDocument?SerialNo=1197

Qualifications required
The candidate is expected to have a First- or Upper-second Class undergraduate degree in engineering or a relevant physical/mathematical science.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to:  alistair.borthwick@ed.ac.uk

Applications are now open.  Deadline is 11 January 2018, 12pm.   The application procedure is described on http://e3dtp.geos.ed.ac.uk/apply.html  This consists of an application form to be completed and supporting documents to be attached (CV, certificates/transcripts and references) and emailed to e3dtp.info@ed.ac.uk
 
Eligibility: RCUK eligibility rules apply:
* Eligible for a full funding: UK/EU citizens or settled overseas students only, who have worked and/or studied in the UK for at least three years before the programme starts (this applies to all, including British citizens).
* Eligible for fees-only: UK/EU citizens who do not comply with the 3-year UK residency criteria. The award includes fees and research cost but not stipend. Students have to find match funding to cover their living costs for 3.5 years minimum.
* Not Eligible: Overseas students who are on/would need a Visa.