PhD project

Wave Carpet: Protecting coastal zones while generating electricity

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Application deadline

30 June 2024

A submerged wave carpet is a deformable plate, or elastic mat, that can be used to extract the wave energy, and for mitigation of large waves in coastal areas. The principle concept of a wave carpet energy device is similar to that of propagation of waves over a muddy seafloor, where significant amount of wave energy attenuates due to the strong interaction with the mud banks. Similarly, a wave carpet is a mud-resembling deformable plate that can potentially extract the entire wave energy. The plate deformation can be transferred into electricity generation by a direct-drive power take-off system connected to the plate. The goal of this project is (i) to solve the problem of interaction of nonlinear long-waves with the elastic submerged plate by developing theoretical tools, (ii) to determine the power output of the device, and (iii) to determine the effect of the wave energy devices on coastal areas.

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Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.

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PhD fees

Fees for PhD and other research postgraduate courses

How to apply

  1. Email Dr Masoud Hayatdavoodi to:
    1. Send a copy of your CV
    2. Discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).
  2. After discussion with Dr Hayatdavoodi, formal applications can be made via our direct application system.

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PhD funding

The Chinese Scholarship Council provides opportunities for Chinese Students to undertake a PhD programme in any research field at the School of Life Sciences and the School of Science and Engineering. Successful applicants will receive support to enter the China Scholarship Council (CSC) competition scheme.

Funding eligibility: China