Welcome to 5 new PhD students on ABYSS

Friday 12 Sep 14

The partners in ABYSS have recently recruited five PhD students. The PhD projects all started on 1 August 2014.

Lars Einar Stieng is a new PhD student at the Department of Civil and Transport Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. He received a BSc in Physics in 2011 and a MSc in Physics in 2013, both from NTNU. His PhD project is “Design Optimization under Uncertainties” which is part of ABYSS Work Package 3.

Jacob Oest graduated from Aarhus University with an MSc degree in Applied Mechanics in 2014. He is currently enrolled as a PhD-student at Aalborg University, Denmark. The name of his PhD project is “Optimal Design for Fatigue” which is part of ABYSS Work Package 2, addressing the fatigue optimization aspect of the ABYSS project. His work will result in efficient models and algorithms for gradient based fatigue life optimization for the preliminary design of the offshore wind turbine support structure, taking into account the models for wind- and marine loads and soil structure interaction developed in WP 1.

Chiara Latini is a PhD student working with the project “Numerical modelling of offshore foundations for jacket structures” at the Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. The PhD project is part of ABYSS Work Package 1 Loads and Foundation Models. She received an MSc in Civil Engineering with specialization in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy in 2013 and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Perugia, Italy in 2011.

William Courtney is a new PhD student at DTU Wind Energy working with “Dynamic Response Optimal Design of Jacket Structures under Many Loads”. He was born in Austin, Texas, USA and received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University before moving to Denmark for DTU’s MSc in Wind Energy. As part of Work Package 3, his project seeks to develop tractable problem formulations and efficient numerical optimization methods for optimization of jacket structures under extremely many dynamic wind and wave loads.

Kasper Sandal is a new PhD student at DTU Wind Energy and he holds a M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from NTNU in Norway, with a specialization in optimal design of space frame support structures for OWTs. His PhD project “Optimal design of jackets for mass production” is a natural extension of this specialization, and is part of WP3 in the ABYSS project. Supervisors are project leader Mathias Stolpe and head of section Thomas Buhl (co-supervisor).