Offshore wind turbines are becoming larger in size and power, resulting in lower speed and higher torque. This results in a significant increase in drive train size and mass, requiring larger and more expensive support structures.
Alternative drive train concepts are developed to address this. One promising solution is the use of an hydraulic drive train, consisting of a high power density hydraulic pump in the nacelle and a central turbine / generator combination on sealevel.
Your task as a PhD-student is the study and development of critical components in this new, water lubricated, high torque - low speed, drive train.
New concepts in compliant bearing design and other machine components need to be developed.
This is an extension of the previous work on compliant bearings from the same research group. The idea is to study the fundamental operating principles of standard hydrodynamic and hydrostatic lubricated machine components, and through simulation, mathematical modelling, and experimental validation on a laboratory scale, extend this understanding in the development of new concepts.
We are looking for : A team player with a background in mechanical engineering, with a proven affinity for machine design and tribology.
An MSc-degree in mechanical engineering is required. Familiarity with modelling and simulation is necessary, as is an affinity with mechanical design and manufacturing.
A willingness to become familiar with other fields is essential. The work is part of a larger research and industrial development programme, you must be able and looking forward to function in a multidisciplinary environment and co-operate with people from university and company.
TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution.
Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school.
Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.