Aeroelastic Design and Optimisation of Wind Turbine Blades

About the project or challenge area

Wind energy's success is undeniably linked to the economic viability of individual wind turbines and to their capabilities in producing cheap energy. As wind turbines continue to grow to capture more energy, blades are becoming ever so slender and flexible, increasing the coupling between their aerodynamic and structural responses. Our research focuses on the integrated and holistic aeroelastic design and optimisation of blades, which remain key research areas for the development of the next generation of wind turbines. Join us for a challenging experience in wind turbine designs, numerical modelling, and optimisation. 

Why choose this opportunity?

Within our research group, you will have the opportunity to learn about current practices and guideline for wind turbine designs, as well as the limitations of current approaches. You will enjoy access to state-of-the-art software to model, evaluate and design wind turbines. You will also have the capability to explore novel design concepts.   

About you

A basic understanding of wind turbine design, as well as structural and aerodynamic analysis will be helpful to make the most of your research project. Programming experience (e.g. MATLAB or python) and familiarity with finite element modelling techniques and software are also desirable.  

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised challenge area, which means you should complete Section A + B of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Dr Terence Macquart in the Faculty of Engineering. You can contact him at

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