Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Engineering and Architecture

Supervisor name and surname:

Ildefonso Cuesta

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Co-supervisor name and surname:

Jordi Solé

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PhD programme:

Nanoscience, Materials and Chemical Engineering

Title of the research project:

Experimental and numerical study of the layout of wind turbines for offshore wind farms

Description of the research project:

Recently wind energy plays an increasingly important role in replacing fossil fuels as a sustainable solution with low environmental impact. A task to the success of a wind farm is choosing the correct layout. For the wind turbine farms have been observed that the incorrect distribution of wind turbines increases power losses and can cause structural damage to wind turbines. If the knowledge of the interactions of turbine wakes is well recognized, it will be useful to improve the benefit of wind farms by optimizing wind farm layouts and turbine designs to minimize wakes and turbulence caused by the upstream flow of wind turbines. In addition, layout optimization of offshore wind farms constitutes a challenging task due to the interactions between air, sea and turbine flows.
Among different layout optimization studies that have been published in the literature, very few considered the experimental study with small-scale models of wind farms. This research project will study the three-dimensional (3-D) experimental and numerical models to describe the wake distribution in wind farms. Small-scale experiments will be carried out in an atmospheric boundary layer tunnel and an open jet wind tunnel to study the characteristics of the flow and validate the computational models. This will allow to improve both, the parameterization of the models and the knowledge of the scale specific interactions between wind mills and atmosphere-ocean boundary layer dynamics.
Another important objective of this study is to carry out a 3D computational study of the flow in an offshore turbine farm that considers the interaction between the dynamic field of the sea, the air and that produced by the turbines. The comparative study of the experimental results in a wind tunnel with those provided by numerical simulations will provide the scientific community with a knowledge that is very limited nowadays.
Ethics: This project does not involve ethical aspects.

Workplace location: Campus Sescelades, Tarragona

Gross anual salary:

27103.20 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Expected start date:

15 March 2021

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945413