Wind & Marine Energy Systems & StructuresAcademic Partners

Brian Jenkins

PhD Title - Floating Wind Turbine Maintenance Requirements, Strategies and Floating Crane Design

With the installed capacity of floating wind expected to increase significantly over the next decade, there are still many operation and maintenance questions that must be answered before it can become cost-competitive with fixed bottom offshore wind. One of these relates to how how heavy lift operations can be completed optimally for main turbine components.
The aim of this project is to determine the heavy lift maintenance requirements, the optimum heavy lift maintenance strategy and and complete an initial, concept design for a floating crane for floating wind turbines greater than 7MW. This will involve collaboration with industrial and academic partners on the project, different departments within the University of Strathclyde, and will build on the extensive expertise that has already been built up within the university on offshore wind operations and maintenance.

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Start Date - October 2018

Institution - University of Strathclyde

Degree - MEng Chemical Engineering with Energy Engineering from Heriot-Watt University

Additional Information - Prior to joining the Wind & Marine Energy Systems CDT, I spent just over three years working in asset management in the water industry. Firstly as an engineer and then as a project manager, developing the scope of complex, high-value capital projects