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Post-doctoral position (2-year) on the CFD modelling for floating offshore wind turbines

This post-doctoral position is part of the H2020 project TWIND (Twinning for an offshore wind energy partnership) aiming at creating a network of excellence …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Kluyverweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 3255 - € 4274 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Functieomschrijving

This post-doctoral position is part of the H2020 project TWIND (Twinning for an offshore wind energy partnership) aiming at creating a network of excellence that will dynamise a pool of specialised research professionals and trainees in the domain of offshore wind energy. The aim is also to support the development of this emerging industry in Portugal, where the water depths are such that the development of innovative solutions (e.g. floating wind turbines) is needed. The project partners are: WavEC (Portugal), ORE Catapult (UK), Tecnalia (Spain) and TU Delft (The Netherlands). 

Within the project, TU Delft leads the development of high-fidelity numerical models for offshore floating wind turbines. To date, simplified aerodynamic models (such as the blade-element momentum theory) are used to design both onshore and offshore wind turbines. However, in the context of floating offshore wind systems, the compliant nature of the support structure may allow for significant motion of the wind turbine. As a result, the rotor interacts with its own wake and is subjected to highly unsteady flows. This challenges the applicability of current engineering tools. This post-doctoral position will focus on examining the validity of present aerodynamic models under large motion. This will be done by performing CFD analyses of a wind turbine undergoing motion, as if it was placed on a floating support structure. The results will be compared to experimental data and engineering tools. 

As part of TWIND, TU Delft will also deliver a series of training and networking events. The post-doctoral candidate will help organising these activities. In particular, the post-doc will create online tutorials on how to perform CFD simulations of floating offshore wind turbines. He/She will also help coordinate a summer school targetted at professionals and academics. Finally, the candidate will e-moderate an online course and extend its content to floating offshore wind.   

Functie-eisen

The candidate should be in possession of a PhD degree (or very near to completion) in one of the following areas:

  • wind energy; 
  • computational fluid dynamics;
  • fluid-structure interactions;
  • turbulence modelling;
  • aerodynamics;
  • hydrodynamics.

Conditions

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. Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subjectto availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

You will have 232 hours of paid leave each year and in addition to your salary, at TU Delft you will receive an annual holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your salary.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Axelle Viré,Assistant Professor, email: A.C.Vire@tudelft.nl, tel: +31-15-2781385.