PhD position in Wind Turbine Remaining Life Prediction

DTU Vindenergi
fredag 23 nov 18

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Frist 20. december 2018
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The purpose of the project is to tackle specific challenges in lifetime assessment of wind turbine structures such as blades or support structures and mechanical components such as the main bearing or pitch bearing, based on measured operating conditions, visual inspections and load simulations. Research will focus on developing mathematical models for evaluating the probability of failure of specific wind turbine components based on quantifying dynamic loading on the component and the probability of crossing specified limit states. Wind farm control algorithms such as selective de-rating/up-rating of wind turbines will be evaluated so as to maintain a target reliability of specific components while delivering the required energy to the grid. The performance of large offshore wind turbines of 12 MW capacities or higher will also be simulated. The integrity of the component in question will be diagnosed using mathematical models, whose outputs will allow decision making on maintenance and life extension.


The PhD candidate will also have the opportunity for a funded external short term stay at another reputed university to further his/her research work and to network amongst other researchers in the field.

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in Mechanical engineering or allied discipline
  • A sound understanding of computational mechanics and structural mechanics is essential.
  • An understanding of reliability and loads computation on wind turbines will be an added advantage
  • Good computer programming skills in at least one major language or script is required
  • Fluency in communicating, reading and writing English is essential

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Scientist Anand Natarajan and Head of Section Ignacio Marti in accordance with the above described criteria.


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Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

The period of employment is 3 years.


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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Anand Natarajan, Technical University of Denmark, email:


Please submit your online application no later than 20 December 2018.

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.