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I embarked on a Doctor of Philosophy (Civil Engineering) study in October of 2018 at Queen's Univeristy Belfast, having previously completed an undergraduate program in mechanical engineering at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and 1 year of a Masters by Research (MSc) in mechanical engineering at LYIT. 

During the MSc, I saw through the development of numerical models (FEA) of a drivetrain of a cross-flow tidal turbine using open-source software, and developed a python program for the structural analysis of statically-indeterminate stepped shafts and beams. The present issues regarding our sustainable future furthered my academic desires to proceed with a PhD at Queens University and in the field of marine renewable energies.  

My PhD research area is focusing on the development of coupled (wind, waves and currents) numerical models of floating photovoltaic arrays (FPV) with hopes of developing a basis for a sustainable design standard for FPV systems and contribute towards the solution of the world's growing concerns regarding sustainability and renewable energies. 

 

Kind regards,

Dallán Friel 

 

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