Ocean wave energy and off-shore wind energy assessment (4,5 ECTS)
This subject belongs to the first module of MORE called Resource and marine environment. It deals with ocean waves and off-shore wind which are analyzed as geophysical fluids holding an energetic potential.
Advanced fluid dynamics modeling for marine engineering applications (4,5 ECTS)
The module concerns the applications of the fundamental equations governing the Fluid Mechanics of Newtonian fluids (Continuity, Navier Stokes and Energy Equations) to key issues of aerodynamics specific of marine engineering applications, such as the characterization of the boundary layer or the generation of lift and drag.
It will be shown how these equations may be adapted and simplified to describelaminar flows, turbulence, and compressible flows. Appropriate solutions and techniques for each type of flow will bepresented.
The aim here is presenting correct simulation procedures ofdifferent types of flow for reliable CFD simulations in marine applications including “flow control devices” designed to maximize the efficiency of windturbines.
Theoretical and numerical aspects in fluid dynamics and turbulent flow (3 ECTS)
This course is devoted to the modeling of equations of fluid dynamics in the presence of turbulence, vortices and stochastic flows.
The knowledge about these dynamics is essential for the design of durable mechanisms that optimize the capture of energy from either wind or sea forces.
Some nonlinear PDE which are susceptible of being studied analytically and numerically are relevant within this context. Moreover, the stochastic Burgers and Navier-Stokes equations are useful in the presence of nondeterministic forces.
Computational fluid dynamics for turbulent flow (3 ECTS)
In the framework of renewable energies, the study of the effects of fluid dynamics is crucial for the efficiency and performance when designing a device for energy extraction.
The course covers the fundamentals of the theory and numerical simulation of fluid flow, encompassing turbulence effects in applications such as flowaround platforms and turbines, etc.
The mesh generation process, including goal-oriented adaptive mesh refinement, will also betackled, since it is an essential and time-consuming component in the design process.
Modelling of wind/marine current turbine-driven electric generators (3 ECTS)
Dynamical models for both the doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) and the permanent-magnet synchronous generator (PMSG) are studied in depth.
Considering that design and implementation of vector control (VC) schemes for DFIG and PMSG power control are dealt with in other courses, not only simulation models are covered, but also those for VC design.
The problemof DFIG grid synchronisation is also analysed as an introductory example to VCdesign.
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Wave to wire control (4,5 ECTS)
This subject presents two main objectives.
In its first part, modern control theory basics are introduced, focusing on State Space system modeling and control. Using these concepts, Model based Predictive Control approaches are introduced, an advanced control approach that combines optimum and multivariable control. This strategy is based on the use of an explicit dynamic model to calculate an optimum control law that optimizes the dynamic performance of the controlled system in a predefined sliding horizon.
In the second part, different wave energy extraction devices will be analyzed from the control point of view, determining the control goal and the actuated and measurable variables.
Lectures will be complemented with a practical application in a test rig, which will be used to analyze the control implementation issues that arise when considering the energy extraction process from its generation in the device to its injection in the network.
Marine Renewable Energy Converters (4,5 ECTS)
Offshore renewable energy technologies have gone through significant developments and improvements.
This subject will deal with the marine renewable energy resources, markets and conversion technologies that enable the integration of these generation sources to the power grid.
Building on other courses, it will focus on energy performance, efficiency and their assessment and the fundamentals of operation of both typical generator and converter types.
Integration of renewable energy into the electricity system (3 ECTS)
The integration of distributed renewable generation into the electricity system poses technical,economic and regulatory problems in current systems since they are designed for bulk energy generation and transmission.
In this regard, these problems are discussed along with the proposed solutions, making use of the knowledge acquired by students in previous subjects of the curriculum.
Operation of transmission and distribution networks (3 ECTS)
This course intends to analyze the operation and planning of transmission and distribution networks. This way, classical aspects regarding network operation, the different network states and their main features will be analyzed. New stakeholders, procedures and technologies will be studied.
These aspects are currently being developed and will affect future network definition and operation. Special stress will be put on Smart Grids.
Power Electronics in Offshore Power Systems (3 ECTS)
Power Electronics is an enhancing vector in the development of renewable energy and efficient electrical energy management. Many of the systems necessary for offshore power production involve the use of power electronics, such as HVDC, FACTS or electric machine drives, studied in other courses in the master.
This class presents the state of art in power electronics technology in terms of: devices, packaging, thermal design, design, and industry applications with similar operating requisites and provide the student with skills to select and design the proper components for offshore power converters.
Environmental conditions for marine renewable concepts (3 ECTS)
The aim of this course is to provide to the students the necessary knowledge about the different the environmental conditions and environmental loads that a marine renewable project has to consider.
The course will provide the skills for a rational design criteria for load assessment on marine renewable structures.
Environmental conditions cover natural phenomena which may contribute to structural damage, operation and failures. The most phenomena that will be analysed will be wind, waves, currents and tides. Environmental loads are the loads caused by environmental phenomena. They will be studied paying special attention on the most important effects over the structure and its performance.
Operations and Maintenance of Marine Energy Arrays (3 ECTS)
The module deals with a wide review of methodologies for a safe design of operations and maintenance activities for offshore facilities, applied to the specific issues related to the deployment of marine energy arrays.
Different maintenance strategies will be defined and investigated; therefore the different operations along the life cycle of the marine energy array and its subsystems (electrical subsystem, mooring and foundations, offshore devices) will be identified.
Failure modes and a set of parameters for different components in each subsystem will be identified in order to assess the logistic requirements of each operation in terms of vessels and infrastructures, paying attention to reliability issues as well as costs and planning.
The students will learn methods for evaluating the site accessibility both in time domain and through probabilistic approaches and reporting (graphs) the outcomes of the operation and maintenance activities, achieving a better understanding of the economic viability of the projects.
The international environment, overall views on the international business (3 ECTS)
This module tries to provide the student with the most relevant knowledge about the strategy of Internationalization of the company in the real context resulting from the current phenomenon of globalization.
All organizations today are immersed in globalization and the companies where our young people are going to interact are going to be global and internationalized, so we understand that students must understand the context in which companies move.
Through this Master we are going to train young professionals who are going to have to learn how to operate within these internationalized companies, relying on knowledge, experiences and tools that allow them to understand and cope with cultures, policies and international experiences.