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PhD: Performance forecast of future maritime power systems

modelling, analysis, and management of future maritime power assets. Marine Engineering, Mathematical statistics

11 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


This research proposal aims to develop a novel design methodology that will accurately predict ships’ performance over longer periods and use it to develop a specific type of service innovation in the maritime industry. Using a combination of data analytics and first principle modelling approach, new models will be developed and ship designers will be given the technical and financial incentives to accurately decrease energy consumption, optimize reliability, and maximize availability of their designs.

The first step in this work will be to develop first principle models of the application cases and define baseline models for their performance in terms of energy and system availability. The first principle modelling approach is selected because of special attention to dynamic and transient loads that characterize the performance of patrol ships, supply vessel, and dredgers.
After developing first principle models of application cases, a dedicated uncertainty analysis will be carried out to identify the uncertainties related to the ship machinery design. The resulting baseline first-principle models will be compared with the on-board measurements and the results obtained from data analysis.
Once the models of energy consumption have been developed, a special attention will be given to developing models for optimal energy production where alternative configurations will include also advanced technology solutions such as the models of fuel cells, energy storage devices, waste heat recovery systems, exhaust after treatment systems, modifications of faulty and malfunctioning system components, etc.


The ideal candidate should have good knowledge of Marine Engineering in combination with mathematical statistics:
• Modelling of marine power components and systems, knowledge of thermodynamics, mechanics, and basic understanding of failure mechanisms;
• Knowledge of various probability distributions, regression analysis, system reliability theory, condition monitoring and maintenance planing.

You have obtained an MSc or an equivalent degree or expect to obtain an MSc very soon related to Marine Engineering or Naval Architecture. Good spoken and written English and the ability to work in a team are mandatory.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit graduateschool.tudelft.nl/ for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact dr M. Godjevac, phone: +31(0)15-2782746, e-mail: m.godjevac@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail an up-to-date, detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a transcript of grades obtained during your MSc studies, and the names and contact information (telephone number and e-mail address) of two references by 15 January 2018 to: application-3mE@tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE17-69.

Additional information

M. Godjevac
+31 (0)15-2782746

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering The group of Marine Systems Engineering (MSE) is part of the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology in the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE) at Delft University of Technology. The focus of the group is on the development, integration, and operation of on-board power systems and equipment. Education and research related topics require good understaning of fundamental physical principles in combination with sensible technological and operational approach.

The MSE group seeks one talented and ambitious PhD candidate for a challenging multidisciplinary research project on modelling, analysis, and management of future maritime power assets. The PhD position is defined within the framework of the NWO
Programme "AssetDrive: Translating maintenance analysis and operational data to enhanced ship system design and performance contracts".