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Research Internship, Queens University Belfast – 6 months
We are currently seeking an Intern to undertake research for 6 months at our wave tank facility in Queens University Belfast (QUB). Aquamarine Power has developed a specialised piece of equipment called a Force Feedback Dynamometer (FFD) which enables real-time control of experimental scale model of the Oyster device in the wave tank. This role will offer unprecedented use of this unique equipment to investigate sophisticated Power Take Off (PTO) and control strategies applicable to the Oyster device. In addition to PTO system research, fundamental hydrodynamic research will also be performed using the FFD to further verify numerical and analytical descriptions of the Oyster device. The Intern will be responsible for:
• Developing PTO and control strategies using numerical modelling techniques on Matlab’s Simulink software
• Ensuring all practical experimental elements are designed and implemented to allow experimental tests using the FFD
• Programming the developed PTO strategies in LabView to control the FFD in real time via a Compact RIO
• Producing detailed comparison of numerical and experimental predictions of device performance and dynamics
• Using the FFD to perform forced oscillations of an Oyster scale model for fundamental hydrodynamic research
Sound good so far? Want to know more?
If you are a recent graduate looking to gain hands on research and development experience in a fast paced commercial environment, this Internship could be for you. We are looking for an Intern to make a significant contribution to our knowledge of the Power Take Off (PTO) and control strategies of our Oyster technology.
You will have a keen interest in practical application of numerical models, optimisation of numerical processes and hydrodynamics of wave–structure interactions.
While initial training and guidance throughout the project will be available you will be encouraged to work independently and show initiative in analysis methods and interpretation of results.
Enough about the job. What about you?
The following skills and experience are essential for the role. Does this sound like you?
• Keen interest in the renewable energy sector and in particular energy
• Engineering, mathematics or physics degree
• Experience of MATLAB
• Knowledge of fluid mechanics, control theory and fluid structure interactions
• Excellent communication and report writing skills required
We would like you to have strong abilities in mathematics and problem solving and preferably have experience of using LabView, as well as being familiar with functional block programming.
And finally, what makes you tick?
• Achieving goals and doing a fantastic job
• Working as part of an innovative and creative team
• A fast paced and challenging working environment
• Solving problems and making a big difference
• Building good working relationships
Other stuff you need to know
You will be based in Queens University Belfast. You should expect some travel to our offices in Edinburgh, Orkney and possibly other locations as required. Your salary will be competitive and will reflect your expertise.
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- Short-term project (< 6 months)
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- To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and attach your CV and a covering letter telling us why you're the person we're looking for (preferably in PDF but accepted in DOC or DOCX). Please enter QUBINTRN2012 in the subject bar.
We hope to see you at Aquamarine Power very soon. Good luck!
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