ORGANISATION/COMPANYThe Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research
RESEARCH FIELDMathematics › Computational mathematics
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE02/03/2018 17:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONUnited Kingdom › Stornoway
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37.5
OFFER STARTING DATE02/04/2018
Using X-Band Radar Data to Optimise Energy Converter Placement
This project will utilise a one year dataset from an existing X-band radar installation at the Butt of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. A key objective is to gain a full understanding of the sea conditions and how this might affect installations of either floating or fixed offshore wind turbines.
There are additional applications of this type of radar monitoring such as ensuring safe crew transfer to offshore structures, rescue craft launching and recovery operations from ships, helicopter landing operations on ships, and craning of cargo from supply vessels onto offshore installations, and the placement and tuning of wave energy converters.
The project will consider how the existing fixed radar could be adapted to these applications, establish the measurement precision required for useful prediction and determine if real-time processing is flexible.
The radar system is installed at 60m height above sea level, overseeing a coastal area with a 3km radius. The returned backscatter data is segmented into 4096 directional sectors along 1024 radial bins with a data volume of approximately 19GB for every 12 minutes of the continues dataset. In addition to the radar data two wave measurement buoys were also installed aligned with the radar antenna into the prevailing wind direction and at distance of 1 and 2km respectively. The environment is challenging with a severe wave climate predominantly featuring ocean swell waves with some local wind sea components and also tidal currents of up to 1.5 ms-1. The proposed study will correlate the radar backscatter with the spot sensor from the wave buoys.
Knowledge of marine energy and expertise in the software processing of large data sets is desirable.
Project collaborators include Wood Group Clean Energy.
The main language of the programme is English, hence all applicants are required to be proficient in both spoken and written forms of the English language. If not a native speaker, evidence must be provided of IELTS English proficiency or equivalent at level 6.5 or above.
The Bryden Centre PhD Studentships have been funded under the European Union's INTERREG VA Programme.
The studentships cover the full university fees at EU/UK level and include a yearly stipend of GBP £14,553 per annum (tax free) for up to 39 months. These studentships are open to applicants of all nationalities. These fully-funded doctoral studentships will also offer a generous study package, e.g. research consumables, equipment, travel budget and training when appropriate.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELOther: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
Applicants must possess a minimum of an Honours degree at 2:1 and/or a Master’s Degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant subject.
Knowledge of marine energy and expertise in the software processing of large data sets is desirable..
EURAXESS offer ID: 279118