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Dr Philipp Thies

Senior Lecturer (Education and Research) in Renewable Energy

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Research

Philipp's research interest lies in the reliability engineering of renewable energy technologies with a focus on offshore energy. This includes:

  • Analytical system reliability assessment
  • Bayesian statistical methods
  • Numerical and experimental modelling of operational marine field load conditions
  • Physical component reliability testing (performance, service simulation and accelerated testing
  Projects:
  • Co-I: United Kingdom Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER). Project led by Edinburgh University, EP/P008682/1, 01/2016-09/2018.
  • Co-I: EU Horizon2020: Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy Cost (OPERA). Project led by Tecnalia, Spain, Grant 654444, 02/2016-07/2019.
  • PI: Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership: AEMORE - Acoustic Emission technology for environmental and engineering health Monitoring of Offshore Renewable Energy Collaboration with SEA plc. 09/2014-03/2018
  • PI: EPSRC NEWTON Fund Energy absorbing mooring systems: Risk-based investigation for high intensity typhoon conditions in China (MoTyph) EP/M019942/1. 11/2014 - 04/2015.
  • Co-I: INNOVATE UK: Archimedes Wave Swing Mooring muscle - performance and reliability test programme. Project led by AWS Ocean Energy, Grant 101970, 08/2014-04/2016
  • Co-I: Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF): Testing qualification and commercialisation of advanced mooring system for wave & tidal arrays, project led by TTI Ltd 01/2014 - 03/2015

 

PhD Supervision:

Graduated:

Violette Harnois: Analysis of Highly Dynamic Mooring Systems: Peak Mooring Loads in Realistic Sea Conditions. 10/2014 

Ongoing:

Jodi Walsh:  Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP) studentship. Acoustic Emission technology for environmental and engineering health Monitoring of Offshore Renewable Energy.

Faryal Kahlid: University of Exeter. Reliability modelling for Offshore Renewable Energy.

Jack Paterson: Eng.D. student, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). Risk management of offshore wind project development.  Joint industry project with EDF. Primary supervisor.

Sunny Shah: Eng.D. student, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). De-risking marine energy project development through improved uncertainty analysis.  Joint industry project with Black & Veatch. Primary supervisor.
                
Steven Allsop: Eng.D. student, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). Marine Energy Converters - Reliability & Cost Modelling.  Joint industry project with EDF, Primary supervisor.

William Jamieson: Eng.D. student, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). Material and manufacturing optimisation for CCell device. Joint industry project with Zyba Renewables, Co-supervisor.

Callum Kenny: Eng.D. student, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). Sensor arrays and robust data acquisition systems for integrated wave energy arrays. Joint industry project with Albatern, Co-supervisor.

Edward Kay: Eng.D. student, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). Optimising O&M strategies for the offshore wind sector using advanced met ocean planning tools. Joint industry project with JBA Consultancy. Co-supervisor.

Leah Ewart; Eng.D. student, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). Material selection and structural design for wave energy devices. Joint industry project with Albatern. Co-supervisor.

Marco Sepulveda: Eng.D. student, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). Health Monitoring Renewable Energy Systems. Joint industry project with Lloyd’s Register. Co-supervisor.

Laurie Wilkinson: Eng.D. student, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). The use of compliant and continuous structures in the nearshore environment for the purpose of wave energy extraction. Co-supervisor.
                
Giovanni Rinaldi: EU OceanNet programme. Reliable and cost effective offshore operations for farm deployment and operation. Joint industry project with Mojo Maritime Ltd, Co-supervisor.

Tessa Gordelier:  EPSRC SuperGen Marine initiative (UKCMER), Reliability based methods for marine renewable energy. Co-supervisor.
        
Marco Marta: Industry studentship project with NSW. Development of highly dynamic power cables for marine renewable energy applications.   
 

Education

During his Ph.D., titled "Advancing reliability information for Wave Energy Converters". Philipp contributed to the development and implementation of a large-scale component test rig, the Dynamic Marine Component test facility (DMaC). The test rig is currently being used to verify the performance and reliability of components under dynamic marine load conditions. Typical components include dynamic power cables and mooring systems for floating applications.

He also developed a Bayesian statistical approach to evaluate failure rates in situations of data scarcity and carried out studies for the load and fatigue estimation of marine power cables and mooring components in marine energy applications.

Philipp also holds a first class Dipl. Wi.-Ing. in Energy and Environmental Management (similar to a MEng) form the University of Flensburg, Germany where he studied from 2004-2008. This interdisciplinary course gives him a strong background in economic theory and renewable energy technologies for climate change mitigation, transition pathways as well as energy and emission trading.

Awards, Fellowships
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the IMEchE
  • Member of the Verein Deutscher Ingenierue (VDI)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) award for Best Early-Career Researcher Paper at the 19th Advances in Risk and Reliability Technology Symposium (ARRTS), Stratford upon Avon, 14 April 2011. Presentation slides can be accessed here.
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Postgraduate Scholarship 2010.  
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences PhD studentship under the SuperGen Marine Consortium.
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