EMEC have had such good experiences with IDCORE students that they agreed to sponsor two students in 2020 despite having only one project specified. Consequently, Luke spent the first part of his project working with EMEC and his academic supervisors to define the work needed.
He is now making great progress in exploring placement and configuration of sensors to monitor tidal turbines, examining potential instrument locations and their impact on measurements of the power curve. Industry standards are currently based on experience from wind turbines. Tidal turbines create very different challenges, particularly the new floating designs.
Luke has just developed and submitted a paper that brings all this work together. He has also provided input to device developers, and his work will form the basis of an uncertainty model that EMEC are looking to develop to more effectively characterise how measurements impact performance estimates.
Luke came to IDCORE from a very practical background. After leaving school he did an HND and then a degree in Electrical Engineering. He subsequently worked as a laboratory technician at Caledonian University where colleagues encouraged him to think about doing a PhD.
It was the balance of training and practical work within IDCORE that appealed to Luke. He saw it as a unique opportunity, and he has been using skills gained during the first year throughout his time at EMEC.