PhD Studentship - Integrated Gas-Turbine Driven Generation

ETS Technical Sales
West Midlands
10 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Top-flight Graduate Mechanical/Electrical Engineer sought for PhD Studentship

(East Midlands)

Tax-free stipend of £18K, plus PhD Registration Fees

Applications are sought for a University engineering role in integrated gas turbine driven power generation.

The position arises from a collaboration between the University and SIEMENS - a world-leading manufacturer of gas turbines for power generation with a manufacturing base in Lincoln.

Traditionally, gas-turbine powered generators utilise a gearbox to reduce the speed of the gas turbine drive shaft down to a speed where a synchronous generator can produce the required 50Hz (60Hz in the USA) frequency of the electricity grid. Fundamentally, this study will explore the viability of a set of new configurations of gas turbine generator sets where the power shaft of the gas turbine is coupled directly to a generator so that they spin at the same speed. The gearbox is then removed. Because the generator will then be spinning at a speed much higher than synchronous speed, it is necessary to use a set of power-electronics to convert the power from the generator to synchronous frequency. This PhD will address the complete set of considerations involved in making an engineering judgement for what arrangements of integrated gas-turbine generation will be commercially viable in the near future - and what will subsequently be possible in the future.

The PhD will be hosted in the Faculty of Engineering at the University and the successful candidate will also interact with the Power Electronics, Machines and Drives research group. He/she will also have the opportunity to spend some short periods at SIEMENs itself in Lincoln.

The successful candidate will have a first-class or upper second-class honours degree in mechanical/electrical engineering.

This role may be especially suited to practising mechanical/electrical engineers who graduated since 2010 and who feel they would like to reenergise their career trajectory.

Because this is an 'Industrial CASE' studentship, the position is open to UK nationals only

The role is funded as a PhD studentship and should result in the award of a PhD from the University following three years of work

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