Fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control of offshore wind farms

  • PhD
  • Delft

Website Delft Center for Systems and Control

Dhr. R. Ferrari is looking for 2 talented, outstanding PhD candidates with an M.Sc. degree (or close to completion) in Systems and Control, or Applied Mathematics, Electrical or Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or related field, with theoretical background and interest in Fault Diagnosis, and/or Fault Tolerant Control, Wind Energy, Structural Health Monitoring, and with good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required).General project description: The candidate will conduct theoretical and applied research on offshore wind farms subjected to faults and structural degradation, in particular due to corrosion. The research will develop tools for modelling the dynamic behaviour and the failure mechanisms of offshore wind turbines, for estimating their current health level and for implementing load limiting control algorithms that take into account the health status of single turbines while maximising the wind farm total power production. Such algorithms will be tested in simulation, on scale models and on actual offshore test sites.

The position is in the context of the research project “O&M tools integrating accurate structural health in offshore energy” (WATEREYE), funded by the European Commission under the call H2020-LC-SC3-2019-ES-TwoStages.

Conditions of employment: The PhD appointment will be for 4 years. The PhD students will participate in the training and research activities of the TU Delft Graduate School and of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC). The PhD students will receive a competitive salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO), from about 2.3k EUR/month (gross, 1st year) to 2.9k EUR/month (gross, 4th year), possibly from 1.8k EUR/month (after taxes, 1st year) to 2.1k EUR/month (after taxes, 4th year), plus holiday allowance (8% of gross annual income) and end-of-year allowance (8.3% of gross annual income), travel budget, secondary benefits, discounts for health insurance and sport membership. Assistance with accommodation can be arranged.

Applications shall include the following documents:

• curriculum vitae;
• statement of motivation and research interests (up to two pages);
• transcripts of all exams taken and obtained degrees (in English);
• names and contact information of up to three references (e.g. project/thesis supervisors);
• up to three research-oriented documents (e.g. thesis, conference/journal publication).Applications or inquires shall be emailed to Dr. Riccardo Ferrari (r.ferrari@tudelft.nl).

The expected starting date is November 1st. The call for applications will remain open until the ideal candidates are found.

To apply for this job email your details to r.ferrari@tudelft.nl