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PhD in Engineering (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2346
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: UK/EU tution fees plus stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), International (Non EU), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Project title: Array Analysis of Tidal Stream Turbines

The successful commercial development of tidal stream turbines will depend on optimising the power output from an array of devices within a small deployment area. The spacing of the turbines within the array is itself dependent on the wake characteristics of the surrounding turbines as well as the local hydrodynamic flows. Initial work has shown that current numerical modelling techniques do not accurately predict the wake from a turbine and that hybrid numerical models need to be developed to better predict the wake.

This project, which will be undertaken in collaboration with Mississippi State University, will therefore aim to develop advanced numerical techniques to model the wake behind a turbine and consequently the interaction of the turbines in different array configurations.

Supervisors: Dr Daphne O’Doherty, Professor Tim O’Doherty, Dr Allan Mason-Jones

Start date: January 2015

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,863 p.a. for 2014/15, updated each year).


This studentship is open to students of any nationality. Students classified as international for fee purposes have to self-fund the difference between home and international fees.

Academic criteria: Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent).

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

How to Apply

In the first instance interested applicants are invited to send a CV and covering email/letter to Miss J Cleaver on:


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit an online application form.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2014.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Dr Daphne O’Doherty at

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