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[PhD pos] Numerical predictions of wind turbine noise in complex urban environments

PhD position
36 months

A total of 15 PhD positions are available at 8 universities, 1 research centre and 4 industries, in the
framework of the European Marie Curie European Training Network (ETN) zEPHYR. This project
is focused on the development of performant wind farms by addressing simultaneously the
individual performance of each turbine composing the wind farm, and the efficient harvesting of
the local wind resources in on-shore and urban environments. The researchers recruited in zEPHYR
will investigate emerging technologies through laboratory experiments, theoretical modelling and
numerical simulations addressing the following aspects: mesoscale and microscale atmospheric
boundary layer simulations, rotor aerodynamics, aeroacoustics and structural dynamics,
atmospheric propagation and human factors, uncertainty quantification, sensitivity analysis and
multi-physical optimization.
In that context, Siemens Industry Software NV (SISW, Belgium) and Le Centre Scientifique et
Technique du B√Ętiment (CSTB, France) are offering an ESR position for a PhD project entitled:
Numerical predictions of wind turbine noise in complex urban environments
The objective of this research project is to study and develop innovative numerical methods in order
to predict the noise radiated from wind turbines located in complex urban environments. The nearfield prediction of the wind turbine noise will be carried out using low-order semi-analytical models
and finite-element solvers developed at SISW. The propagation of sound waves in urban
environments, over large distances, including meteorological, turbulence and topography effects,
will be assessed using CSTB outdoor propagation models and auralization techniques. This project
will aim at designing a complete workflow, starting from the wind turbine and meteorological
inputs, to the far field audio rendering in a complex urban environment. If successful, the proposed
strategies will be further developed into a research prototype within the commercial software
Siemens Simcenter 3D.
The PhD will be mainly based at SISW for 18 months and at CSTB for 18 months, under supervision
of Dr. Le Bras and Dr. Maillard. The PhD applicant will be registered at the University of Twente
in the Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof. Leandro De Santana. Several secondments are
foreseen at the partner institutions of the zEPHYR network: at the University of Twente, Siemens
Gamesa (Denmark), the von Karman Institute (Belgium) and the Wageningen University (the
The position is open with a starting date between January 1st and August 1st, 2020.
The multidisciplinary topics addressed in zEPHYR are scientifically challenging and of high
technological and economical relevance, promising interesting career perspectives in academic and
multi-sectorial industrial environments. The zEPHYR partners do strictly adhere to the ethical
standards of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of
Researchers1. Female scientists are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must satisfy some
eligibility rules, in particular in terms of transnational mobility.2 A strict equal opportunity, genderneutral and internationally comparable recruitment procedure is implemented. Applications are to
be made through the EURAXESS web site:
The EURAXESS offer ID corresponding to this position is:

2/15/20 12:00 AM
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Julien Maillard