Novel Hybrid Wind and Wave Energy System and Its Structural Dynamic Responses Subjected to Combined Wind and Wave Loads

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements.

Award Details: No award (self funded).

Duration: Full-Time – 3.5 years fixed term.

Staert date: Start date will be dependent upon the date of application and is subject to discussion and agreement.

Application deadline: This opportunity will only remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. Early application is therefore recommended.

Interview dates: Will be notified to shortlisted candidates.

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr Lin Wang ( to discuss this opportunity.


Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a self-funded PhD studentship.

Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

By joining the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing (EEC), you will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and partnerships with some of the biggest names in industry, including Jaguar Land Rover, GE Aviation, Cummins and Intel.


The sustainable development of offshore wind and ocean energy needs an efficient use of the natural resources, optimising their exploitation and reducing costs. Wave energy is a significantly part of ocean energy, and integration of offshore wind and wave in a multifunctional platform provides great potential to maximise the efficient of use of both offshore wind and wave resources and to reduce the costs.  

This project aims to combine the benefits of both offshore wind and wave technologies and propose solutions for their further development through developing a novel multifunctional platform. Integrating wind and wave technologies into a multifunctional platform promises beneficial outcomes regarding cost reduction and energy production increase. This project will design a novel multifunctional platform for hybrid wind and wave energy system through systematic engineering design approach. A typical wave energy converter and a typical offshore wind turbine will be taken as a case study and integrated in the novel multifunctional platform. A flexible multibody dynamics model for the hybrid wind and wave energy system will be developed to systematically study the structural dynamic response of the hybrid system subjected to combined wind and wave loads.  


  • International-scholarship funded students are welcome, and greatly encouraged to apply.
  • Self-funded students can apply.

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Training and Development:

  • The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
  • All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 
  • Our research strategy is underpinned by a £250m investment in research and facilities
  • Coventry is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
  • In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at minimum merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at minimum merit level (60%).


  • A taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark.


  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).


  • A good knowledge of fluid dynamics and structural dynamics
  • A good knowledge of wind turbines and wave energy converters would be desired
  • Experience of finite element analysis is needed



All UK/EU students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found on our making an application page.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a CV and a covering letter showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

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