TUDelft, Netherlands 2022 – PhD position Digital twins of the power and propulsion system

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Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering offers PhD position Digital twins of the power and propulsion system is available at the TU Delft (Delft University of Technology), Netherlands 2022 (Deadline extended)

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: € 2,434.00 - € 3,111.00/month

Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are looking for an outstanding and enthusiastic PhD candidate who has expertise and/or interest in one or more of the following areas: modelling (electric) power and propulsion systems. You have obtained an MSc or an equivalent degree or expect to obtain an MSc very soon related to these areas: electrical power engineering, marine engineering, control engineering. Good spoken and written English and the ability to work in a team are mandatory (a minimum requirement of a TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS of 7.0 applies to all candidates wanting to pursue a PhD or PDEng programme at TU Delft).


Responsibilities/Job Description

The SH2IPDRIVE project develops zero emission power and propulsion solutions for ships based on hydrogen in a broad consortium across the Dutch maritime sector, from fleet owner to ship designer and from shipyard to start-up. In this project, Delft University of Technology performs applied and fundamental research into hydrogen storage in liquid organic carriers and metal hydrides, hydrogen bunkering, fuel cell systems, system integration, data collection and safety for ships. The researchers, consisting of 9 PhD positions, one postdoc position and an experienced supervision team of the M&TT and P&E department of the 3ME faculty, develop models, methodologies, algorithms and concept designs for hydrogen power and propulsion systems for ships.

This project focusses on the development of digital twins of the modern power and propulsion systems of ships. These digital twins consist of models of the power and energy distribution systems on board of ships. The energy is supplied by fuel cells. The loads depend on the ship type and consist of propulsion, dynamic positioning, hotel loads, cranes, and dredging processes. In most cases, energy storage in batteries and/or supercapacitors is necessary, because the combustion engines and the fuel cells cannot deliver the dynamic loads required for these applications.

The basic research questions is: How to develop digital twins of the power and propulsion systems in such a way that we can design these systems and predict their dynamic performance?

Subquestions include:

  • What are the requirements of these digital twins?
  • How can we develop these digital twins and derive the dynamic models of the system components?
  • How do we experimentally validate these models?
  • How can we use these digital twins to design these power and propulsion systems?
  • How can we use them to predict the power system dynamics?
  • How can we use them for condition monitoring of the components?

This work will be done in close collaboration with MARIN, where they are modeling, designing and building a zero-emission laboratory.

You will be working in the Marine Engineering group of the Ship Design, Production and Operation section at the Maritime and Transport Technology department. In addition, you will be working closely with other researchers working within MENENS and other related topics and projects at TU Delft partner institutions and companies.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: TUD01893

Application Procedure

Are you interested in this position, please apply by 6 March 2022 via the application button and upload a detailed CV including your contact information, academic record, and contact information of at least two referees.

The available position will be filled as soon as possible (i.e. once a suitable candidate is found). This means that the selection of candidates will already start before the application deadline.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

About the Department

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. Do you want to experience working at our faculty? This video will introduce you to some of our researchers and their work.

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Note or Other details

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2434 per month in the first year to € 3111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

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Contact details

For more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Henk Polinder, email: [email protected].

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Nathalie van Benthem, HR Advisor, email: [email protected].

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