Faryal Khalid ECR-TG - Peter Watson Prize
The PRIMaRE Early Career Researchers Travel Grant (ECR-TG) facilitated my participation in the final of the Peter Watson Prize held at Derby County Football Club on 1st October 2019 by the Engineering Integrity Society (EIS). Named after the founding President of EIS, this competitive event is held annually to support engineers at an early stage of their career.
As a finalist, I presented the outcomes of my PhD research entitled ‘Risk-return site characterisation for offshore wind energy’. The presentation described the development of a robust interdisciplinary methodology to quantify and visualise expected system performance based on the contribution of metocean parameters for offshore wind turbines deployed at sites with varying loading conditions.
The developed methodology translates spatial metocean data from various sub-regions in the UKCS to spatial reliability assessment through a two-step process. First, an aero-hydro-servo-elasto-dynamic tool is used to generate structural response for the range of environmental conditions at each site. This structural response is then processed by a damage life estimation tool to calculate lifetime accumulated damage indicating the fatigue life of the structure. Normalising this damage based on the potential energy production at each site provides an improved understanding of the feasibility of the site for offshore wind deployment through the use of a combined risk-return metric.
The presentation provided an argument for location-intelligent decision-making by all stakeholders in the offshore wind energy industry. Consequently, the research outcomes can inform an assessment of the potential of structural reserves for lifetime extension considerations as more turbines reach their design lifetimes. Additionally, they may be used to inform design parameters, optimise siting of future installations and determine suitable maintenance strategies to improve the economic viability of offshore wind.
Participation in the EIS event not only provided me with an opportunity to present my research to engineers across a range of disciplines, but also allowed me to engage with engineers working in more developed industries such as the automobile industry. The feedback from the participants was highly beneficial to facilitate the enhancement of the methodology for a wider application.