REMS aims to recruit and train high-calibre engineers in a research environment working closely with the offshore renewable energy sector so that the research output, skills and knowledge gained by the doctoral students is industrially relevant and useful within a short-medium term. The focus for the centre will be offshore structures, at the initial stages focussing on Wind Energy, but as the sector develops, tidal and wave energy aspects will also be included. These large structures are in the main fabricated of welded steel tubular and plate sections not dissimilar to structural details commonly encountered in the ship and offshore Oil & Gas sectors, but design requirements differ significantly due to environmental aspects, loading regime and low CAPEX and OPEX requirements. The REMS CDT will conduct research across the full spectrum of Offshore & Marine Renewable Energy structures integrating deep specialist areas such as geotechnical engineering, the soil-structure interface, whole-system structural design & optimisation, design for manufacture, inspection maintenance & repair and structural integrity including fatigue & fracture mechanics in the marine environment.
Proposed Research projects should come under the following key areas of research:
The training will be characterised by an intense period at the start of the four years based at Cranfield University, followed by return visits over the four years for specialist modules. In this way the students will have a greater opportunity to develop strong links with each other irrespective of whether they are industry or university based along with the wider industry partners. This will also allow flexibility in what is delivered to respond to the needs of industry. Students will develop wider skills by including in their individually tailored training portfolio, courses currently offered by a range of partners to postgraduates. These courses include topics such as; research practice and ethics, learning techniques, communication skills, writing and publishing and career management. Students will also learn the academic skills of effective dissemination of research results through attendance at workshops and conferences in the UK and beyond, and by publishing the results of their research in peer-reviewed journals.
The figure below illustrates the four elements of the Training Programme: Core Skills; Advanced Technical Skills; Transferable Skills & Engineering Leadership (TSEL); Group Project activities. Students will need to take a number of the modules on the Training Programme to qualify for their doctoral awards, alongside demonstrable ability in communications skills monitored through assessed presentations at the annual Centre conference and EngD/PhD review days. Awards will be conferred by the university at which a student is registered with the training delivered collaboratively between the university partners.
The annual study requirements for the REMS Programme are as follows:
|Year One||Year Three|
|Induction Term: October – December||Three weeks attendance in total|
|4 specialised modules 40 credits||2 specialised modules (1 week each) 20 credits|
|Group Project 40 credits||4 days TSEL and Review meetings|
|TSEL courses||Attendance at the Annual Conference (2 days) in October|
|Year Two||Year Four|
|Three weeks attendance in total||One week attendance in total|
|2 specialised modules (1 week each) 20 credits||4 days TSEL and Review meetings|
|4 days TSEL and Review meetings||Attendance at the Annual Conference (2 days) in October|
|Attendance at the Annual Conference (2 days) in October||Submission of thesis and VIVA examination|
- Assessments consider a pass when a minimum pass mark of 50% is achieved.
- All students need to gain at least 120 credits in order to complete the Programme.
- Modules taken in years 2 and 3 are to be agreed between Supervisor(s) and Student from a pre-agreed list of modules.
- The plan above is the normal schedule however individual student plans may vary.
Students applying at Cranfield University should follow the link Cranfield Admissions while students for Oxford University can find more details at Oxford Admissions.