Manchester researchers have already been working with EDF on a wide range of projects for over 20 years. The new projects will take place in three schools within the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS); The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE), The School of Materials and The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE).
Potential studies in EEE include investigations into large wind power penetration, wind farms and lightning, and environmentally-friendly insulating oils for use in transformers.
In one project in the School of Materials, researchers in the Materials Performance Centre (MPC) will work with EDF’s R&D section to examine stress corrosion cracking in materials used in the power industry.
There are also proposals for several new EDF-funded PhD and post doctoral projects in the area of power systems and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), taking advantage of the EDF R&D open source simulation system called Saturne.