The PhD will focus on mathematical model development and implementation of a flexible vortex based code/method, which should be used to investigate fundamental issues and phenomena linked to steady and unsteady wind turbine aerodynamics. Specifically, operation in the computationally challenging unsteady conditions yaw, shear and turbulent inflow is the focus of the work. It is envisaged that the code should also be linked to the structural part of Risø’s state of the art aero servoelastic simulation tool HAWC2, to be able to investigate effects related to aeroelastic coupling.
Applicants should hold a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering. Strong skills and a genuine interest in fluid mechanics (especially vortex based modeling/theory) and computational methods are essential. Prior work experience in wind energy is a great advantage. Applicants should have excellent analytical skills and the ability to work independently towards research goals. Furthermore, fluency in communicating, reading and writing English is required.