PhD position: two-way meso–micro coupling for wind farm optimization and design

University of Leuven, Belgium
Closing date: 30 June 2018

The research concentrates on the development of improved high-fidelity meso–micro modelling of wind farms using a two-way coupling approach, and its use to study meso-scale feedback effects of wind farms, such as the excitation of gravity waves by wind farms.
To this end, the micro-scale model SP-Wind (developed at the TFSO group over the last 10 years) is coupled to the 3D non-hydrostatic regional climate model COSMO-CLM, with special care for the development of non-reflecting coupling strategies. Next to that, the PhD also focuses on the development of fast wind-farm models that include meso–micro coupling physics, and that can be used for wind-farm design and control. Development and validation of these models is based on the high-fidelity SP-Wind–COSMO-CLM model chain. Finally, these fast wind-farm models are used to study wind-farm design and improve wind-farm control given dominant offshore wind conditions in the North-Sea region, and taking into account meso–micro feedback effects.

Candidates have a master degree in one of the following or related fields: fluid mechanics,aerospace or mathematical engineering, numerical mathematics, or computational physics. They should have a good background or interest in fluid mechanics, simulation,optimization, and programming (Fortran, C/C++, MATLAB, Python, …). Proficiency in English is a requirement. The position adheres to the European policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Both men and women are encouraged to apply.

Ideal start time is September 1st 2018, but earlier and later starting dates can be negotiated. The PhD position lasts for the duration of four years, and is carried out at the University of Leuven. During this time, the candidate also takes up a limited amount (approx. 10% of the time) of teaching activities.The remuneration is generous and is in line with the standard KU Leuven rates. It consists of a net monthly salary of about 2000 Euro (in case of dependent children or spouse, the amount can be somewhat higher).