The Department of Wind Energy has a vacancy for a PhD position in the Loads and Control Section (LAC) at DTU Risø Campus. DTU Wind Energy is a mission driven university department with a vision to be the preferred university partner for the global wind energy sector. The department creates value for society through integration of research with education, innovation and research-based consultancy within key fields central to the development and use of wind energy.
DTU Wind Energy develops state-of-the-art design methods to ensure the best performance, lowest cost and overall structural integrity of wind turbines as well as advance the design, operation and control of entire wind power plants for the future needs of the evolving energy system. This is a highly multi-disciplinary issue involving modelling of the non-stationary inflow field, aerodynamics, structural dynamics, structural stability and control. LAC focuses on modelling and analysis of loads and dynamics, aeroelastic stability, and control of wind turbines, and implements its research in software tools and in courses to the benefit of the wind energy community in general.
Aero-elastic design optimization has proven to be an effective tool for designing wind turbine blades to perform passive load alleviation. However, it is also possible to use active control to reduce loads. It is imperative to incorporate the controller design into the turbine design to develop the optimal mix of both passive and active load alleviation. The present PhD project develops beyond state-of-the-art aero-elastic design optimization capabilities that increase wind turbine energy production and reduce costs by reducing the loads on a wind turbine.
Responsibilities and tasks
- Development of wind turbine models suitable for controller design within an optimization framework
- Development of additional models and methods for advanced and integrated aero-structural-controller optimization.
- Development of automated ways of designing optimal controllers for the wind turbine which are suitable for numerical design optimization
- Integration of the models and controller synthesis into an aero-elastic optimization framework
- Apply the developed models and methods on design problem to demonstrate (by simulations) the impact of optimal controllers and smart-blade technologies in terms of energy production and load reductions.
Part of the PhD project is an external research stay at the Chair of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Munich.
In addition, you are expected to contribute to the following tasks:
- Assist in teaching the wind energy courses relating to control and optimization and develop course materials if required.
- Assist in the supervision of our wind energy master students relating to the control and optimization aspects and assist in defining the potential projects for the master students.
- Contribute to relevant research projects.
Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.
- An MSc degree in wind energy or mechanical engineering
- Documented knowledge and experience in design optimization of wind turbine blades
- A well-developed level of applied mathematics
- Documented knowledge in structural analysis and design sensitivity analysis and a well-developed physical understanding
- Experience with numerical optimization and programming
- Experience in the role as teaching assistant at university level courses
- Ability to work in a project team and take responsibility for own research goals
- Fluency in communicating and reporting in English
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Head of Section Katherine Dykes and Professor Mathias Stolpe.
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.
The work place is DTU Risø Campus, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark.
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Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Katherine Dykes, tel.: +45 2179 9259 or Professor Mathias Stolpe, +45 2151 8240.
Please submit your online application no later than 26 September 2019 (local time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
The Department of Wind Energy is one of the world’s largest centres of wind energy research and knowledge, with a staff of more than 240 people from 37 countries working in research, innovation, research-based consulting and education. DTU Wind Energy has approximately 40 PhD students. The department’s cross-disciplinary research is organized through strategic research programmes that collaborate with Danish and international universities, research institutions and organizations, as well as the wind industry.
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.
Deadline: 26 September 2019
Unit: DTU Wind Energy
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Post expires on Thursday September 26th, 2019