The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is inviting applications for a PhD research fellowship position on Robust Optimization of Offshore Wind Turbine Support Structures. The research takes place in the Marine Civil Engineering Division at the Department of Civil and Transport Engineering. PhD candidates are normally remunerated at wage level 50, gross NOK 420 800 before tax. The salary is adjusted according to the latest wage negotiations. The application deadline is 20 April 2014.
Study Subject (s): Fellowship is awarded for a research project entitled “on robust optimization of offshore wind turbine support structures”. The research takes place in the Marine Civil Engineering Division at the Department of Civil and Transport Engineering.
Course Level: Fellowship is available for pursuing PhD research program at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Scholarship Provider: This research position is part of the ABYSS: Advancing BeYond Shallow waterS project co-funded by the Danish Research Council and industry.
Scholarship can be taken at: Norway
Accreditation: The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is accredited by European University Association, TIME network and CESAER.
Eligibility: Applicants should hold a master’s degree within a relevant discipline. A suitable background would be mathematics, physics, computer science, ocean engineering, civil engineering, or similar. Experience with numerical optimization, structural dynamics, programming, probability, finite element simulation, wind energy, or reliability theory will be favourable.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Applicants of Norway can apply for this PhD research fellowship.
Scholarship Description: This interdisciplinary project aims to develop novel methods and algorithms for structural optimization of wind turbine towers and foundations that take uncertainties into account. Wind turbines are stochastically driven, weakly nonlinear, dynamical systems. Their design is nontrivial, since an important performance parameter is fatigue damage. This needs to be estimated from a large sample of representative environmental conditions expected during 20 years of design lifetime, typically by using extensive time-domain load simulations. Uncertainties arise both in the structural model and its parameters, in the input loading from the fluctuating environment, and due to the cost model, e.g., through assumptions made on manufacturing costs. Structural optimization under such conditions is challenging and existing approaches need to be adapted and further developed for this particular application area. Both reliability-based design optimization and robust optimization shall be studied.
What does it cover? PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at wage level 50, gross NOK 420 800 before tax. The salary is adjusted according to the latest wage negotiations. There will be a 2 % deduction for superannuation.
How to Apply: Applications, including a motivation letter, CV, diplomas, grade transcripts and other enclosures, should be submitted electronically through this page, preferably as a single PDF-file. Please do not send any applications directly to this email; only documents and information submitted through the online application system will be considered. Interviews will be conducted with selected candidates, either in person or by video conference.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 20 April 2014.