Civil and Geotechnical Engineering Design for Offshore Wind Turbines – Online only
- Start  Tuesday 26 May 2020 5:00pm
- Finish Tuesday 26 May 2020 7:00pm
- Venue Online
Offshore wind energy is a major component of the UK’s energy mix, with nearly 2500 offshore turbines either operational or being constructed, and many more planned for the next few decades. Similarly ambitious plans exist acrossEurope and elsewhere in the world. Advanced engineering design plays a crucial role in reducing capital and operational costs, and is necessary for the wind energy industry to be sustained. This lecture will explore how Oxford Engineering Science is addressing critical design challenges facing theoffshore wind industry, with a focus on civil and geotechnical design (e.g. foundations, structures), including the application to next generationoffshore wind farms.
Professor Byron Byrne holds the Ørsted / Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of Advanced Geotechnical Design. His research focuses on development of new design methods for offshore structures, particularly soil-structure interaction and renewable energy. His work on optimisation of offshore windturbine monopile design won the 2019 MPLS Award for Commercial Impact. He collaborates closely with Ørsted, one of the leading developers of offshore wind energy worldwide, and with whom the Engineering Department has a research framework agreement focused on optimisation of offshore wind turbinefoundations. He is the Oxford Director for the EPSRC CDT in Renewable Energy Marine Structures, and a Co-Investigator on the EPSRC CDT in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures. He consults widely to the offshore wind industry.