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Training future mechanical, civil, electrionic engineers and computer scientists in SYStem Identification, Condition & Health Monitoring for a New Generation of WIND Turbines

Objective

Growth in the European wind energy market has led to the manufacture of larger turbines (~ 7.5 MW). There are several challenges associated with these turbines, particularly offshore, e.g., vibrations/ damage of the flexible blades, mechanical drives/electric converters. These raise maintenance concerns and result in operational downtime, impacting on power systems and supply reliability. For these reasons there have been huge R&D investments creating the requirement for highly trained manpower in Europe. The SYSWIND network will train future engineers and scientists in truly multi-disciplinary and newly emerging scientific areas and technologies for next generation wind turbines. There are six research themes: new structural health monitoring (SHM), wireless sensor network (WSN), multi-body systems (including aerodynamics and geotechnics), semi-active vibration control, composite materials and power system modelling. In addition, complementary non-scientific training such as on commercialisation and IPRs will be provided to enhance the career prospects of the researchers. Besides seven leading Universities from Europe, the network includes (A) 2 SMEs specialised in R&D for wind turbines and geotechnics as full partners, (B) 4 companies training 7 researchers on WSN, vibration control and wind energy trading, (C) additional partners transferring complementary skills geared towards wind energy specialists, and (D) world class research groups such as from Stanford in the US, pioneers in the research fields addressed. The strong involvement of the industry will shape the training needs of the researchers and increase their employability. The association with the leading experts will aid the career development of the researchers and raise their profile. The network has the potential to establish new mutually-recognized inter-institutional courses jointly with industry partners, and thus strengthen the growth and competiveness of the wind energy sector.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/geotechnics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/smart sensors

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)
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Coordinator

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 195 608
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)

Participants (7)

LAC engineering ApS

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 241 189
Address
Bogøvej 15
8382 Hinnerup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niels Fiil Brønnum (Mr.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 341 814
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Soren R.K. Nielsen (Prof.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 241 189
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karen Hyllested Thielsen (Ms.)
RAMBOLL DANMARK AS
Denmark
Address
Hannemanns Allee 53
2300 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niels Fiil Brønnum (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 377 918
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Spilios Fassois (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 429 294
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 199 556
Address
Via Universita 40
09124 Cagliari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tomaso Utzeri (Mr.)