Somewhat belatedly, I’m posting a summary of my thesis on this blog. I’ve copied both the lay summary to explain the work in more general terms, together with the more technical abstract of my thesis.
Somewhat belatedly, I’m posting a summary of my thesis on this blog, to summarise what I spent over 3 years of my life working on. I think after finishing my corrections I had had enough of writing for a while. I also started my new post at the university around the same time, so was busy with that, and somewhat lost interest in this site. I’ve copied below both the lay summary to explain the work in more general terms, together with the more technical abstract of my thesis. If you are really interested, the full thesis is available in the Edinburgh Research Archive. Continue reading “My Thesis: Combined wave-current scale model testing at FloWave”
A list of all my academic publications, with links to those I have summarised on this site, plus the full text online.
- Noble, D R; Draycott, S; Nambiar, A; Sellar, B G; Steynor, J; Kiprakis, A (2020) Experimental Assessment of Flow, Performance, and Loads for Tidal Turbines in a Closely-Spaced Array. Energies. 10.3390/en13081977.
- Noble, D R; Draycott, S; Nambiar, A; Sellar, B; Steynor, J; Lennon, M; Davey, T; Kiprakis, A. (2020). Flow data around three Supergen UKCMER Tidal Turbines in a closely spaced staggered array at FloWave, [dataset]. The University of Edinburgh. School of Engineering. Institute for Energy Systems. 10.7488/ds/2762.
- Noble, D R; Draycott, S; Nambiar, A; Sellar, B; Steynor, J; Lennon, M; Davey, T; Kiprakis, A. (2020). Turbine loading and performance data for three Supergen UKCMER Tidal Turbines in a closely spaced staggered array at FloWave, [dataset]. The University of Edinburgh. School of Engineering. Institute for Energy Systems. 10.7488/ds/2761.
Draycott, S; Sellar, B; Davey, T; Noble, D R; Venugopal, V; Ingram, D M (2019) Capture and simulation of the ocean environment for offshore renewable energy
. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 10.1016/j.rser.2019.01.011
- Draycott, S; Payne, G S; Steynor, J; Nambiar, A; Sellar, B; Davey, T; Noble, D R; Venugopal, V. (2019) Environmental & Load Data: 1:15 Scale Tidal Turbine subject to a variety of Regular Wave Conditions. Data in Brief 10.1016/j.dib.2019.103732.
- Noble, D R (2018) Combined wave-current scale model testing at FloWave. EngD Thesis, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh. http://hdl.handle.net/1842/31170.
- Draycott, S, Noble, D R, Davey, T A D, Bruce, T, Ingram, D M, Johanning, L, Smith, H C M, Day, A H and Kaklis, P (2017) Re-creation of site-specific multi-directional waves with non-collinear current. Ocean Engineering. 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.10.047. Read my summary of this work.
- Noble, D R, Draycott, S, Davey, T A D, & Bruce, T (2017) Design diagrams for wavelength discrepancy in tank testing with inconsistently scaled intermediate water depth. International Journal of Marine Energy. 10.1016/j.ijome.2017.04.001. Read a summary on this site.
- Noble, D R, Draycott, S, Davey, T A D, & Bruce, T (2017) Testing marine renewable energy devices in an advanced multi-directional combined wave-current environment, Proceedings of the ASME 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2017), Trondheim, Norway. 10.1115/OMAE2017-62052.
- Sutherland, D R J, Noble, D R, Steynor, J, Davey, T A D, & Bruce, T (2017) Characterisation of Current and Turbulence in the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility. Ocean Engineering. 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.02.028.
- Noble D, Davey T, Smith H, Kaklis P, Robinson A, and Bruce T (2015) Spatial Variation of Currents Generated in the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, Proceedings of the 11th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC2015), Nantes, France. (Research Gate)
This paper was published in the Ocean Engineering journal in October 2017. It was a joint piece of work with fellow IDCORE researcher at FloWave, Sam Draycott, building on our separate areas of research. In it, we demonstrate the capability of the FloWave facility to generate complex wave-current conditions, and also highlight the importance of considering even relatively low tidal currents when testing wave-energy devices. Continue reading “Re-creation of site-specific multi-directional waves with non-collinear current”
I finally finished my thesis, and handed in a copy for examination a couple of weeks ago. I’m now catching up with all the things I’ve not done over the past months, including sleep and updating this site.
The actual process of handing in the thesis for examination was something of an anti-climax. Continue reading “Thesis finished”
After nearly three years of research, I have started the long and arduous process of writing up. I am going to use LaTeX to compile my writing, mainly because it makes it easier to make beautiful looking documents. Also word processing packages have a nasty habit of corrupting the formatting, and make numbering of equations difficult.
In January I pulled together my notes and various bits of writing into a first semblance of a structure. I had started most of the writing in Word, but using the LibreOffice export plugin I have mentioned previously, I was able to convert this to basic LaTeX fairly easily. I have since added in plots from MATLAB, which I had been avoiding inserting into Word, as it doesn’t handle images in a sensible vector format (e.g. SVG, EPS, PDF). Continue reading “And so the thesis writing begins”
With about nine months to go until I am due to hand in my thesis, I am periodically cycling between optimism and pessimism as to how I am progressing. I know that I have managed to pull together a reasonably solid body of work, which my supervisors assure me will be sufficient to complete my doctorate. There is still the small matter of finishing this off, and writing it up in a coherent manner, which I know will take time and effort, but I do still have a few months for this.
That said, there is a nagging concern that I’ve not done enough. I have often heard it said that after a Ph.D., one knows everything there is to know about a tiny specialised area of knowledge, having pushed the boundary of human knowledge in a small but measurable way. This feels like the opposite to my research — I have looked at quite a broad range of topics, but covered none of them in that much detail, or so it seems.
As I am working towards an Engineering Doctorate (Eng.D.) it needs to be focused on the requirements of the sponsoring company, and as such producing a portfolio of work is quite normal, as far as I understand. I am also lucky to be based at a new and unique facility, working in a relatively little studied area of marine energy. Therefore it is perhaps easier in some respects to do novel research, as fewer people have already published on similar topics. Conversely, my research doesn’t fit into a well defined gap in existing knowledge, so setting limits on what is and isn’t important becomes more critical in order to produce a coherent piece of work. In the words of Steve Jobs, there’s always “one more thing”.
The insomnia isn’t helping though…
Nearly six months ago, I finished the taught component of my EngD, and moved on to the research phase. My project is looking at physical scale modelling of offshore renewable energy devices in the new FloWave facility at the University of Edinburgh. This is claimed to be the world’s most advanced ocean simulator, a 25m diameter circular wave tank that can also create currents to simulate the tides, and can produce waves and current in any direction.
Continue reading “Taught component over, now onto the research”
I have just completed the first semester of my course. The course organisers were not joking when they described the taught section of the course as “intensive”. So far we have covered six modules, in each going from knowing comparatively little, to writing reports and presenting on the subject for 10-15 minutes just two weeks later! Continue reading “First semester finished”
After nine years working for the multi-disciplinary consultancy Mott MacDonald, I have decide to go back to academia, and undertake some further research.
I will be working towards an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Offshore Renewable Energy at the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). Continue reading “Back to academia”