A fully funded industry-linked 3.5 year PhD studentship (approx. £20k per year of tax-free annual stipends, for UK students only) is available now at the University of Strathclyde for the following project. You will work closely with academics at University of Strathclyde and engineers at SSE Renewables for the following project.
Requirements: general engineering science or physics background, with research interest in finite element modelling and/or laboratory testing
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Candidates are interviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be closed once filled. If you wish to apply for the position, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your potential suitability.Suction caissons are a type of foundation commonly used to support offshore wind turbines in deep waters. They are installed by pumping water out of the caisson to create a ‘suction pressure’ (i.e. negative pressure relative to the ambient pressure) inside. Pressure cycling, which involves the cycling of the suction pressure, is often used to continue caisson penetration into the seabed when constant suction pressure is not effective. However, there is currently no method for predicting caisson penetration under pressure cycling, which can lead to significant uncertainty. There is also a critical lack of understanding of the potential effects of pressure cycling on the subsequent in-service performance of the caisson.
The aim of the PhD project is to develop a better understanding of the pressure cycling procedure and its effect on the caisson penetration behaviour during installation and the caisson in-service performance post-installation. The PhD candidate is expected to carry out the following activities to achieve the aim of the project: