Hands-on simulations with thesis projects
Simulations can be recognized as an important skill to master not only from individual, but also from the economic and environmental point of view. The world has come to realize that climate is changing, and the availability of natural resources can not be taken for granted. Thus, with utilizing digital labs, IoT and all the novel technologies available nowadays, one can make products to be more energy efficient and save resources, when there is no need for physical prototypes in the various phases of product development. With the help of digital labs, the processes and products and their operation can be neatly followed to provide better maintenance or predict the need of it, which is a great asset for services or product life cycle management.
Nowadays it is rather common practice to include simulation in engineering and in scientific education, and in quite many universities there are plenty of courses where simulation skills can be learned. That is extremely important because it is estimated that in the future every engineer is going to be involved with simulations, if not doing simulations by themselves, but at least understanding what they are about; It is very likely that some of their colleagues will be performing simulations to support R&D or decision making.
Once students have learned basic skills in simulations, the next step, to deepen their knowledge and see how simulations are exploited in real life, is perhaps to start a master’s thesis project with a simulation related topic. That is a great opportunity to continue to learn and to see how the theoretical background is wrapped around a real-life application by means of simulations. To perform advanced simulations, it is of utmost importance to know what lies behind the nice and colorful results. On the other hand, simulations are great way to gain understanding about the theories and become an expert in the topic.
Here in EDRMedeso we want to promote that learning path and offer possibilities for students to do their thesis projects and learn more about how to use simulations in practical applications. When students do their thesis using ANSYS, they have a chance to get to know how to efficiently perform simulations with market leading software widely used in industry. Possession of these skills enables broad possibilities to enter the job markets. The expertise of our employers ranges all the different disciplines, so it is possible to learn how to conduct full multiphysics simulations which are the current trend and need. Of course, it is possible to concentrate on just one physics and become outstanding in it to perform very advanced, groundbreaking simulations
Now we have two ongoing thesis projects related to wave energy converters. Projects are done in collaboration with the department of Marine Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with one of our technical consultants being a co-supervisor. “As a previous MSc and PhD student at Department of Marine Technology, I am excited to keep in touch with the academic community there through these projects and master’s thesis. The two students are very talented and show great interest in the topic of marine renewable energy. After all these years, it is a pleasure to be able to give something back”, says Ken-Robert G. Jakobsen, Senior Technical Consultant EDRMedeso AS. It is a great inspiration to be able to contribute to the academic activities by helping students to success in their studies and thesis projects and by doing so also to participate the leading-edge research that is taking place at the universities. We are eager to continue this work and are constantly looking for talented and motivated students to do their thesis projects with us.
Read students Project report:
Advanced WEC Dynamics and Controls
Numerous studies have shown that advanced control of a wave energy converter’s (WEC’s) power take off (PTO) can provide significant increases (on the order of 200-300%) in WEC energy absorption. Transitioning these control approaches from simplified paper studies to application in full-scale devices remains an open and extremely challenging problem will be central to creating economically competitive WECs and delivering clean renewable energy to the US electrical grid. The Advanced WEC Dynamics and Controls project is targeted on assisting WEC developers to apply novel control systems for their devices and thus achieving major increases in performance and economic viability. The success of any control strategy is based directly upon the availability of a reduced-order model with the ability to accurately capture the dynamics of the system with sufficient accuracy. A model-scale WEC was designed and fabricated for use in studies to advance the state-of-the-art in WEC controls. This test, which is the first in a series of planned tests, focused on system identification (system ID) and model validation.
Read the test here!
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