1 - Company profile
For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.
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2 - Job Description
|Specific designation||Doctorate scholarship|
|Scope of scholarship||1 FTE|
PhD-position in the field of lifetime and reliability assessment of offshore foundations.
The aim of the research is to further develop the concepts of virtual sensing and the fleet leader. The concept of virtual sensing is to use a limited number of available sensors on a monitored structure to determine the stress at all fatigue critial locations (hot spots), especially when these are unsuitable for direct sensor placement. Virtual sensing enables to assess the stress histories of all hot spots and determine their exact fatigue damage. At VUB virtual sensing has been developed and validated for application to OWTs on monopile foundations. Virtual sensing would be even more valuable for more complex welded structures such as nodes in off-shore wind jacket foundations, but this has only been tentatively investigated. The presence of local deformation modes which might not be captured by equally distributed sensors poses a big challenge. In addition, virtual sensing for strongly damped systems is still topic of research. For large scale structures it is expensive to have a dedicated integrity monitoring system installed. For obvious economic reasons, only a limited number of offshore wind turbines in a park can be instrumented. The fleet leader concept aims to use data obtained from the limited number of instrumented structures to assess the condition of other similar structures in the fleet. These techniques all assume an identical behaviour, but for large structures there are differences (between sites and configuration or operational conditions), which imply that the dynamic behaviour will differ between fleet members. As fatigue comes from an interaction of loads and the structural dynamics this implies that even under identical loads, different members of the fleet will fatigue at different rates. To reach an effective monitoring strategy the uncertainties associated with both virtual sensing and the fleet leader concept need to be well understood and assessed.
3 - Job profile
You hold a Master of Science degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Civil Engineering.
4 - Offer
As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.
Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both[VB1] campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.
For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to www.vub.ac.be/en/jobs.
5 - Additional information
|Expected starting date||01/04/2020|
|Duration of scholarship||12 months (renewable)|
|Contact person||Christof Devriendt|
|Contact via telephone||02 629 31 81|
|Contact via firstname.lastname@example.org|
6 - Application
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|Intitulé||PhD-Scholarship OWI-lab: project Maxwind|
|Employer||Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)|
|Job location||Boulevard de la Plaine 2, 1050 Brussels|
|Publié||février 17, 2020|
|Date limite d'inscription||Non Spécifiée|
|Types d'emploi||PhD  |
|Domaines de recherche :||Génie civil,   Génie électrique,   Génie structurel,   Génie mécanique,   Mécanique,   Traitement du signal,   Électronique  |