Novel Hybrid Wind and Wave Energy System and Its Structural Dynamic Responses Subjected to Combined Wind and Wave Loads

Coventry University

Institute for Future Transport and Cities

Project Description

The sustainable development of offshore wind and ocean energy needs an efficient use of the natural resources, optimising their exploitation and reducing costs. Wave energy is a significantly part of ocean energy, and integration of offshore wind and wave in a multifunctional platform provides great potential to maximise the efficient of use of both offshore wind and wave resources and to reduce the costs. This project aims to combine the benefits of both offshore wind and wave technologies and propose solutions for their further development through developing a novel multifunctional platform. Integrating wind and wave technologies into a multifunctional platform promises beneficial outcomes regarding cost reduction and energy production increase. This project will design a novel multifunctional platform for hybrid wind and wave energy system through systematic engineering design approach. A typical wave energy converter and a typical offshore wind turbine will be taken as a case study and integrated in the novel multifunctional platform. A flexible multibody dynamics model for the hybrid wind and wave energy system will be developed to systematically study the structural dynamic response of the hybrid system subjected to combined wind and wave loads.

Training and Development

  • The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
  • All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
  • Our research strategy is underpinned by a £250m investment in research and facilities • Coventry is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at minimum merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at minimum merit level (60%).


  • A taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark.


  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • A good knowledge of fluid dynamics and structural dynamics
  • A good knowledge of wind turbines and wave energy converters would be desired
  • Experience of finite element analysis is needed

Application Process

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Lin Wang ([email protected]).

To apply online please visit:

All applications require full supporting documentation, a CV and a covering letter showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Start date will be dependent upon the date of application and is subject to discussion and agreement.

This opportunity will only remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. Early application is therefore recommended.

Duration of study: Full-Time: between 3 years and 3 years 6 months fixed term.

Interview dates will be notified to shortlisted candidates.

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr Lin Wang ([email protected]) to discuss this opportunity.

Funding Information

  • International-scholarship funded students are welcome, and greatly encouraged to apply.
  • Self-funded students can apply.
  • PhD Loans for 2019: You can apply now for a doctoral loan of up to £25,700 for a new UK PhD in any subject this year. The money is provided by the UK Government and is paid to you in instalments. Repayments are income-contingent and are made when you are earning over £21,000 a year.

You can get a PhD loan if you’re an English – or Welsh-resident student studying in the UK or an EU student coming to study in England or Wales.

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