£16,062 University of Hull PhD Scholarships in Aura CDT Innovative Decommissioning, UK

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  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
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  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
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  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

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  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Cottingham Rd, Hull HU6 7RX, United Kingdom

“What happens when we no longer need the foundations?” is a question that has yet to be answered in the offshore wind industry. Offshore renewable energy projects in relatively shallow water typically use hollow steel piles (monopiles) as their base. Removing them completely at a reasonable cost in the future would have numerous advantages, making this an apparent area of research at this time. Piles can be removed by “self-removal” or by axial pull with standard craneage, the latter of which requires large reductions in extraction loads in order to be feasible. When a foundation system can be removed without the use of heavy lifting equipment, it is referred to as “self-removal” (over and above that associated with lifting the self-weight of the foundation). Overpressure, vibration, and rotation appear to be viable under this classification [1–2]. Suction caissons use this approach, which entails applying pressure to the top of the monopile to produce an upward traction. The strength of the soils around a pile can be reduced by the application of vibration and rotation procedures. Contractors have done some exploratory work, but no one of these techniques has been thoroughly investigated at the scale of a typical offshore monopile yet.


For this project, computational models of these removal processes will be built, allowing prototype and full-scale take-up to be tested in varied soil conditions.

Virtual prototyping and parametric analysis will be possible before costly demonstrations and risky deployment. Extraction methods and pile shape can both be optimized for future designs using computational methodologies, making it possible to maintain in-service requirements while also enhancing extraction efficiency. Physical modeling and field data validation will be a critical step toward the final model.


First parametric analysis of monopile removal approaches, as well as early guidance for industrial removal methods, will constitute the PhD student’s scientific uniqueness. The Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment, a cooperation between the universities of Durham, Hull, Newcastle, and Sheffield, is offering this PhD scholarship.. Prior to completing their PhD studies at Durham University, the selected candidate will spend a year at the University of Hull completing their PG-Dip training program.


About the Scholarship:

The University of Hull is one of the best public research institutions in the country. It was renamed University College Hull in 1927. As a result of the Royal Charter awarded in 1954, the university was able to award its own degrees. Because of this, it was ranked as Yorkshire’s third university and England’s 14th. It is now regarded as one of the greatest research and educational institutions in the world.

The university’s campus is located in a residential neighborhood in the port city of Kingston upon Hull, England. Students can stay on campus in one of three main residence halls: Westfield Court, The Courtyard, or Taylor Court. Many cafeterias, restaurants, a nightclub and a book shop are also available on campus, as well as the new sports hall and gym that will open in 2019.


Each of the university’s four faculties offers undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral level programs, respectively. Arts, Culture, and Education is a faculty that teaches courses in various fields of education and the social sciences. Education in medicine, biosciences, and social work are all part of the Faculty of Health Sciences’ degree offerings. Faculty of Science and Engineering programs include applied, environmental, and technological sciences, as well as mathematics. Courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Law and Politics include business management and finance; accounting; marketing; international relations; and the law. International students from more than 100 countries are among the university’s 15,000 or so students. With a workforce of almost 1,000 people.

Many renowned graduates of the university are active in academics, politics, science, the performing arts, and the news media. Former Coca-Cola CEO Ahmet Muhtar Kent, Oxford Professor of Vaccinology Professor Sarah Gilbert, British filmmaker Anthony Minghella, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabi?, and British MP Tom Watson are also graduates of the university (Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party)



Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Hull

Scholarship Country:  United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth: £16,062

Study Level:  Postgraduate

Nationality: International Students



Scholarship Offer:

The full-time Aura CDT PhD fellowship (£16,062 per year, 2022/23 rate) covers tuition and living expenses for four years, if the student makes progress.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

As a requirement for consideration, the Engineering, Earth Science, Mathematics, and Physics students with a first- or second-class Honours degree and a Master’s degree (or international equivalents) in computational methods are encouraged to apply.



The University of Hull PhD Scholarships in Aura CDT Innovative Decommissioning, UK   is open to all International Students


It is possible to apply for a Master of Science degree at East Carolina University in 2022 if you are an international student from one of these countries. First-year Master’s students at ECU are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition fees if they are awarded the scholarship. All international students who want to attend Edith Cowan University are eligible to apply for the scholarships, regardless of where they currently reside.


Application Procedure

Are you enthusiastic and well-qualified? Visit www.hull.ac.uk to apply to the University of Hull.

This current round of Aura CDT applications is only accessible to Home students. The admissions system at the University of Hull is used for all applications. In order to monitor the progress of your application, you will need to create an account with the University of Hull, which will allow you to add supporting documents.

Aura CDT Innovative Decommissioning for Offshore Foundation Systems – How to Apply

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  • In order to submit your application, you must include the following supporting documents:
  • Transcripts in their entirety (including, if applicable, final diplomas or certificates). if your qualification documents are not in English, you will need to produce copies of your original language documents and the translation of those documents in English.
  • Forms that have been filled out and submitted (please upload a separate form for each project application when asked to add Personal Statement).
  • It is a priority of the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training to provide a training environment that is both diverse and inclusive. Our inclusive standards need the use of a process that evaluates applications only on the basis of their abilities rather than their personal details. Since the Supplementary Form is utilized by the Panel to analyze and select candidates for interview, we ask applicants to remove any personal information from it. It asks for information about your educational and professional background, as well as questions about your goals, as well as information about your previous work and research experiences. In order to protect your identity, you should not submit any personal information.
  • Making a mark on the form

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Remove all references to one’s personal life from their resume. Don’t include the following information in your application: Names, ages, countries, sexes, religions, disabilities, races, and sexual orientations are all included.
  • Fill out the entire form using Calibri 11pt as your font and size.
  • The Supplementary Application Form can be downloaded here.


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for University of Hull PhD Scholarships in Aura CDT Innovative Decommissioning, UK  is June 6, 2022

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