Fully Funded PhD Projects in Floating Wind working with ORE Catapult and National Decommissioning Centre


The collaborative research project partnership between the NDC and ORE Catapult will address the need for delivering innovation, impact and technical development in the field of floating wind, which is vital for achieving net zero and energy transition goals.

The three PhD projects can be found on FindAPhD and have a closing date for applications of Monday, 12th September 2022.

Each project will run for a period of 3.5 years, and the results will inform approaches to offshore wind development and maintenance that have the potential to bring real improvements to current processes as well as cost savings to industry.

Simulations of Floating Offshore Wind Marine Operations – The National Decommissioning Centre’s £1.6 million immersive simulation suite will be used to trial virtual marine operations related to the installation and maintenance of FOWT systems in a risk-free environment.

Study of Environmental Interactions of FOW Technology – This will investigate how key environmental stakeholders, advisory bodies and research organisations can work together to identify gaps in their knowledge of how offshore wind farms interact with the marine environment, and better identify solutions.

Multi-objective Design Optimisation of Floating Offshore Wind Systems – This will develop a numerical tool to improve the design of combined floating platforms and mooring and dynamic cable systems, allowing users to quickly identify the best solutions based on project circumstance and cost.

Each project will utilise the walk-in 300 degree visual immersive environment simulator at the NDC, which is a UK unique, state-of-the-art facility allowing for real-time, real-physics simulations of offshore structures. The NDC’s simulator, will allow the conducting of virtual field trials of new technologies that in turn will deliver innovation, particularly in the field of optimisation, de-risking and development of floating wind.

The PhD students will be part of a multidisciplinary team based in the NDC, working alongside a group of PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, senior academics and industry colleagues. The students will also have an opportunity to spend time in the ORE Catapult’s National Floating Offshore Wind Innovation Centre in Aberdeen working alongside industry experts.


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PublishedTuesday August 16th, 2022