Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Modelling and wind tunnel measurements of wind turbine loads in non-uniform inflow conditions

About this position

Last decade has seen a spectacular growth of wind turbine rotors to diameters exceeding 200m. This implies that non-uniformities in the wind distribution over the rotor disk are more pronounced, which challenges the tools used to calculate a wind turbine design envelope. At the department Wind Energy (WE) of TNO (https://www.tno.nl/en/focus-areas/energy-transition/expertise/wind-energy/) we do not only aim to make wind energy a reliable and cost-effective source of renewable energy, we also aim to make it a source of energy which is widely accepted by the public. Do you want to join us to build a more sustainable future?

What will be your role?

You will work in a bi-national German Dutch project in which you will investigate the loading of wind turbines in non-uniform inflow conditions. Thereto you will use a wind turbine code developed by TNO containing both a lifting line free vortex wake and a Blade Element Momentum (BEM) model and have access to wind tunnel measurements of a rotor in non-uniform inflow conditions carried out by the university of Oldenburg. The results of this investigation should lead to an improved implementation strategy for the engineering simulations using the BEM method, which is the standard aerodynamic tool used in the design of commercial wind turbines.

What we expect from you

Your work will be carried out in the TNO Wind Energy department and Forwind University of Oldenburg. Although you are not expected to work full-time from a TNO office, it is appreciated to have physical meetings at the Petten office once every two weeks where also some travel to Oldenburg is required. In any case, you will be remotely supervised by two or three Wind Energy experts.
The TNO Wind Energy department houses approximately 60 enthusiastic, academic professionals who have in-depth knowledge of wind energy technology.
We are looking for MSc students in engineering (e.g. aerospace technology, or sustainable energy technology), with the following characteristics:

  • Enthusiasm for research and technology development.
  • Interest in wind energy and wind turbine loads.
  • Technical knowledge of wind turbines and aerodynamics.
  • Independent working attitude.
  • Knowledge of Fortan and Matlab or willingness to learn these.
  • Good knowledge of the English language.
  • Available to work at least 32 hours a week for a period of 6 to 9 months from January 2023 onwards.

If you are the one that we are looking for, please submit your CV and motivation letter in English.

We provide a monthly compensation of 475,- Euro.

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.O.

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