Wind Energy Loads, Aerodynamics and Control Engineer

Employer
Frazer Nash Consultancy
Location
Dorking, England
Posted
Jan 01, 2022
Closes
Jan 15, 2022
Ref
2780640273
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering
Description

Closing date for this role is 14th January but we would encourage early applications.

These roles could also be based at our Bristol or Glasgow offices

Salary £30,000 - £55,000 pa

The Energy business area includes a wide range of industries from renewable energy, oil and gas nuclear power and turbomachinery. The business area provides an analytical capability to all of Frazer-Nash, supporting a wide range of defence, rail, aviation, health and government customers.

At Frazer-Nash we pride ourselves in using cutting edge engineering methods to help our clients solve their high value technical problems. Our Renewables Technology group supports R&D consortia, developers, operators, OEMs and third party suppliers globally leading the development of the newest technologies in onshore, offshore and floating wind. We are growing and we need you. This is a great opportunity to join a fast-growing part of our business and have a genuine impact on the direction of travel.

A large part of what we do is concerned with the development and analysis of new wind turbine technologies and their effect on performance. This may be structural (i.e. a new physical component) or a controller modification or tuning (i.e. novel control feature) that helps our clients keep their turbines competitive by being at the forefront of wind turbine technology. We work closely with major OEMs and foundation designers supporting their Loads, Aerodynamics and Controls (LAC) teams to help analyse and develop the next generation of wind turbines coming onto the market.

As a Loads, Aerodynamic and Controls (LAC) engineer within the Renewables Technology group you will be responsible for a range of technical and project management activities including:
  • Technical:
  • Engaging directly with major onshore and offshore wind OEMs and developers to provide loads, aerodynamic and control support in the following form:
  • Control design:
  • Support in tuning of existing current control features for new platforms or for new sites to balance loads and power production.
  • Prototype, implement and test new control features and support their integration with aeroelastic simulation tools.
  • Support in analysing and quantifying the impacts of new control feature and its effect on turbine performance.
  • Development of physical dynamic turbine models.
  • Design Load Case development to the appropriate design standard.
  • Extreme and fatigue load analysis using relevant standards where appropriate (e.g. Design Load Case tables defined in IEC-61400-1).
  • Using aeroelastic tools for turbine simulation such as HAWC2 / Flex5 / Bladed
  • Development and use of tooling to extract, capture, and analyse results.
  • Carry out root cause analysis of any outliers with suitable justification for any further iteration of control / model development.

Dynamic modelling and loads analysis:

Aeroelastic Tools and Performance Analysis:

  • Project Management and Consultancy
  • Managing projects in accordance with our ISO-9001 accredited processes
  • Developing new business by representing Frazer-Nash at conferences, seminars and prospective client meetings
  • Responding to enquiries and writing bids

Our projects are very diverse and can last from a few weeks to many years of sustained support. You will typically be involved with multiple projects at any one time. You will meet and communicate with customers to understand their requirements and develop your project plan to deliver the desired outcomes and insights. Frazer-Nash empowers its staff to manage the delivery of the project themselves at an early stage in their careers. Reporting to your Group Leader, you will be accountable for your own work, but also help support others in the team.

You will be based within our offices in the UK, but there are opportunities for travel to engage with customers, including within Europe and Asia.

Requirements

The successful applicant will meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Master's Degree in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics or related discipline.
  • A background in control theory and experience in its industrial application.
  • Experience in modelling of dynamic systems.
  • Experience of using MATLAB/Simulink.
  • 1-2 years of industrial / post-graduate experience in control or loads analysis.
  • Be a strong team player but with the ability to work under minimal supervision.

It is to your advantage if you meet any or all the following additional requirements:

  • Relevant postgraduate degree in control of wind turbines, automated systems, or rotating machinery.
  • Have practical experience of loads, aerodynamics and control work in the context of wind turbine generators.
  • Prototyping, testing and code generation of control algorithms using Simulink .
  • Expertise in one or more aeroelastic simulation packages used for wind turbine analysis (e.g. BLADED, FLEX5, FAST or HAWC2).
  • Experience of working with clients.

The nature of our work means that we sometimes require staff to access Government material, it is therefore necessary for our employees to gain appropriate security clearance. We will apply for clearance if you have successfully been selected for a position. Any offer of employment is subject to required clearance being obtained.

Benefits

We provide our people with an excellent benefits package that comprises:

  • Competitive salary
  • Happy To Talk Flexible Working
  • 25 days' holiday entitlement
  • Holiday sale and purchase scheme
  • Company pension scheme
  • Targeted professional development
  • Life assurance
  • Private healthcare membership
  • Bonus scheme linked into company performance
  • Paid membership fees to a professional institution
  • Support in attaining professional membership
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season rail ticket loan