We are hiring a new PhD candidate

The Department of Marine Technology, NTNU has a vacancy for a PhD candidate focusing on floating structures for the next generation of ocean industries. This PhD project is part of the newly established Centre for Research based Innovation SFI BLUES. 

he centre aims to develop new knowledge and technology that will contribute to solving the industrial and societal challenges the world is facing. The ambition is to enable Norwegian industry to create new types of floating stationary structures, which will satisfy the needs and requirements from renewable energy, aquaculture, and coastal infrastructure. The Centre is led by SINTEF Ocean, with research partners NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET) and SINTEF Industry. The Centre involves more than 10 national and international industrial partners.

Job description

The focus of the PhD project is floating membrane structures for the support of solar panels or aquaculture closed cage systems. The membranes are made of flexible polymeric materials that will deform statically when exposed to current loads and dynamically when subjected to waves. The connections to buoyancy elements and stiff solar panels must be carefully designed as stress concentrations will be introduced, potentially violating the lifetime performance of such structures.

The objective of the PhD is to define a multiscale modelling approach that can accurately describe the connection behaviour between soft membrane and stiff components for application in offshore flexible structures with focus on:

The above may require laboratory testing, detailed Finite Element (FE) analysis and formulation of constitutive models that e.g., by Artificial Neural Network (ANN) approaches.  

The PhD will work in a group with other PhDs in SFI BLUES working on membrane structures with respect to global modelling approaches and hydrodynamic load models, laying the foundation for optimised design of membranes structures in the future.

You will report to Professor Svein Sævik, Department of Marine Technology and David Morin, Associate professor, Department of Structural Engineering.

Read more about the position and apply here! Application deadline: 20.02.2023