Energy Systems

Institute for Energy Systems (IES) at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

This is a part of a grid-scale energy storage scheme being supported by a BEIS grant and conducted by SynchroStor and the University. The overall system is intended to provide identical function to Pumped Hydro Storage – but uses heat rather than gravity as its storage medium. During the project a proof of concept scheme will be designed and built.

The task is to model heat transfer in various organs of the system. The candidate needs to have good knowledge of thermodynamics and heat transfer.

The successful candidate should have good modelling skills using multi-physics analysis software – such as either Comsol or Ansys CFX. They need to be able to design a model structure, understand boundary conditions, meshing, element types, solution convergence, etc. and they need to be able to use a solid modelling programme such as SolidWorks and have familiarity with the Matlab modelling tool.

The initial contract is 15 months but this may be extended.

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Closing Date: 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate to undertake a research project on wave-current-turbulence-induced fatigue and dynamic loading on tidal turbines. The post-holder will work with Dr Venki Venugopal and Prof Alistair Borthwick in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, and Prof Nigel Barltrop at Strathclyde University. The position is to commence in May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, and is full time and fixed-term for 12 months.

This recruitment is for the EPSRC funded FlowTurb consortium and the project will investigate the combined effect of tidal currents, gravity waves, and ambient flow turbulence on the dynamic response of tidal energy converters. A high quality database of field and laboratory measurements involving wave and tidal current interactions has already been established through other work packages within FloWTurb consortium. In addition controlled experiments have also been carried out at Edinburgh University’s FloWave facility and the hydrodynamic loads on the rotor of a scale model tidal current turbine and its foundation structure have been measured. The post-holder will use these data to characterise wave-current-turbulence interactions, and to determine the fatigue loading on the turbine’s rotor and foundation.

You should have (or be due to submit soon) a PhD, or have equivalent experience, in Marine Energy (Wave/Tide/Offshore wind)/Energy Engineering or a related subject. You must have relevant expertise in wave-current dynamics and an excellent knowledge and understanding on hydrodynamic and fatigue loading. Relevant industrial engagement/experience is also desirable.

Informal enquiries to: Dr Venki Venugopal, telephone: +44 (0)131 650 5652, email:

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum

Closing Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018 at 5pm (GMT)

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Based within the leading UK offshore energy research Universities and Institutes, the IDCORE programme trains world-class industrially focussed research engineers who will, with the help of sponsoring companies, accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies in order to meet the UK's ambitious offshore renewable energy targets.

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