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Reference Number EP/P029434/1
Title Developing performance-based design for foundation systems of WIND turbines in AFRICA (WindAfrica)
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Wind Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Development Studies) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 75%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Dr AS Osman
No email address given
Engineering
Durham University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2017
End Date 31 July 2021
Duration 51 months
Total Grant Value £1,270,180
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Global Challenges Research Fund - EPSRC
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr AS Osman , Engineering, Durham University (99.988%)
  Other Investigator Professor C Augarde , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr W M Coombs , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr S Haigh , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor pj Mackie , Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor SA Padgett , Politics, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor A Kay , Salford Business School, University of Salford (0.001%)
Dr M Aitken , Centre of Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor T HorlickJones , Sch of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor K Henwood , Sch of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr N Koteyko , School of Languages Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London (0.001%)
Professor DW Bunn , Management Science and Operations, London Business School (0.001%)
Professor T Papaioannou , Faculty of Arts and Social Sci (FASS), Open University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , WSP (0.000%)
Project Contact , Gaia-Wind Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ministry of Electricity Sudan (0.000%)
Project Contact , New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), South Africa (0.000%)
Project Contact , Jones & Wagener Pty Ltd, South Africa (0.000%)
Project Contact , Zutari, South Africa (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Africa is facing the challenge of generating more power to meet existing and future demand. Currently, about one-half Africa's total population is lacking access to electricity. However, the continent is well endowed with renewable energy resources; it is estimated that about 35% of the world resources for wind energy are located in the continent. There are many challenges which hinder the development of infrastructure for wind energy in Africa. Designing suitable foundations to sustain the loads typically applied by wind turbines represents a particular challenge. Most potential locations for wind turbines in Africa are in tropical zones where fluctuation in ground water level is severe. The cycling of water levels means that many deposits of interest are unsaturated for at least part of the year. Unsaturated soils exhibit complex mechanical behaviour, coupled to changes in water content. This research aims to provide design for the foundations of wind turbines in unsaturated soils
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