Oceans and seas are of great economic and ecologic importance for the human society. They are not only used for transport, but also as a source of energy, materials and food. With respect to the latter, aquaculture is of growing importance. For countries with a short coastline, such as Belgium, the available sea area is limited, so that economic activities need to be combined in an optimal way. A considerable fraction of the Belgian part of the North Sea is reserved for wind energy production. This zone cannot be used for any other economic activity, except aquaculture. In January 2017, the research project Edulis started with the objective to investigate the feasibility of cultivating mussels in two wind energy parks. Two so-called long-lines will be installed to study both biological and technical aspects of this type of aquaculture plants. The project, which is supported by Belgian private companies and scientific organisations, is coordinated by the Bioscience Engineering Faculty of Ghent University. The Maritime Technology Division is supporting the project with respect to the engineering aspects, and has an important task to develop a mathematical model to investigate the loads on and the movement of a mussel cultivation line under the influence of waves and tidal currents. This will lead to the design of an optimized prototype which can act as a base for further commercial exploitation.
Your task is, as a member of the Maritime Technology Division staff, to develop and program a mathematical model which allows to study the behaviour of an anchored long-line in rough sea conditions, analyse the measured data obtained from the test lines, follow up model tank experiments to enhance the mathematical model and design an optimal prototype for the Belgian part of the North Sea. Depending on priorities within the research projects of the Maritime Technology Division, you may also be involved in other tasks, which are mainly linked to ship behaviour in shallow and confined water, see http://www.maritiem.ugent.be/ and http://www.shallowwater.ugent.be/ .
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic engineer with maritime background, with the following skills and competences:
Send your cv, academic records, proof of English proficiency, motivation letter and any other supporting material to Ellen.Vyncke@UGent.be