PhD Scholarship in Light Weight Rotor Design Combined Passive and Active Control Methods

The Department of Wind Energy in the Technical University of Denmark, DTU Wind Energy, is seeking a PhD student for the Aeroelastic Design Section (AED). Our competences are aero-servo-elasticity (coupling between structural dynamics, aerodynamics and control), aerodynamics, CFD and aero acoustics (engineering models for turbulent inflow and trailing edge noise). We focus on the development of models for the design, analysis and improvement of wind turbines and the validation of these models in full scale tests or wind tunnel experiments.

Responsibilities and tasks 
The general scope of the PhD project is to develop methods and tools for design of light weight rotors by considering both passive build-in and active controls.

The PhD project consists of 3 parts:

First, the benefits and the limitations of two different passive control methodologies, structural (e.g. bend-twist or bend-bend coupling) and geometrical (e.g. swept blade), are investigated. The aim of this investigation is to understand each passive control mechanisms and quantify its benefits and limitations in order to optimize control effects. 

Second, the synergistic combination of adaptive characteristics from passive and active control, pitch control and trailing edge flap control is investigated. 

Third, an optimized design tool for large offshore wind turbine blades is developed by adapting combinations of the passive and active control methods. 

Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

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Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Supervisor team
Main supervisor: Taeseong Kim, Senior Researcher, DTU Wind Energy
Co-supervisor: Torben Juul Larsen, Senior Researcher, DTU Wind Energy
Co-supervisor: Lars Christian Henriksen, Researcher, DTU Wind Energy

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Taeseong Kim, tel.: +45 4677 5052.

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We must have your online application by 30 September 2013. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. Please apply online on the Apply button below and open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

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  • 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. 

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