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Job Description

The Company:
With the UK tides able to provide 12% of the country's electricity demand, my clients vision is to enable tidal energy to be a valued part of the renewable energy mix and to have a tangible impact on climate change, promoting clean oceans. It is the only form of renewable energy that is predictable – it has four peak power periods during the day, every day, 365 days a year, guaranteed. It doesn’t rely on weather conditions either. As a Turbine Blade & Drive Train Engineer with this company, you will play a key role in the design, analysis, and optimization of turbine blades for their cutting-edge tidal projects.

The Role: 

Turbine Blade Design and Optimization-
    • Lead the design and optimization of turbine blades for maximum energy capture and structural integrity.
    • Conduct simulations to improve turbine blade performance.
    • BEMT and ALM methods and OpenFOAM or ANSYS Fluent CFD
Drive Train Engineering-
    • Design, analyse, and optimize drive train components for tidal turbines.
    • Collaborate with mechanical and electrical engineers to ensure seamless integration of drive train systems.
    • Use of Spreadsheets, Matlab or Python analysis methods 
Structural Analysis-
    • Perform structural analysis and simulations to assess the durability and load-bearing capacity of turbine blades and drive train components.
    • Implement design improvements based on analysis results.
    • Strong FEA skills, specifically, ANSYS Mechanical or equivalent.
Materials Selection and Testing-
    • Select appropriate materials for turbine blades and drive train components, considering factors such as strength, fatigue resistance, and cost.
    • Good understanding of composite materials design and material properties along with metals and fatigue analysis.
    • Coordinate with materials testing teams to evaluate and validate material performance.
Innovation and Research-
    • Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and research findings related to turbine blade design and drive train engineering.
    • Contribute to the development of innovative solutions to enhance turbine performance.
The Person:
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in turbine blade design and drive train engineering, preferably in the renewable energy sector.
  • Proficiency in the following software, or similar- OpenFOAM, ANSYS, Matlab/Python
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Familiarity with materials selection and testing for turbine applications.