After graduating from UCL with an MEng in Civil Engineering, Elie joined
the coastal engineering team at Mott McDonald, hoping to pursue
interests that he had developed during his undergraduate studies.
Working on projects like a tidal barrage started to shape his desire to
gain deeper technical knowledge of tidal energy. He found IDCORE while
looking for PhD opportunities.
Elie’s project builds on the work of a previous IDCORE student, Daniel
Milano, modelling the impact of waves on floating offshore wind turbines
constructed using tension leg platforms. He is exploring how to model
extreme tensions in the moorings more accurately, analysing the
non-linear modelling approaches that have been used previously and
validating them with tank testing, creating the capability needed by EDF
to undertake further tank testing of floating offshore wind platforms.
He is currently working on a paper that he will be presenting at a
conference and is hoping that he will also be able to publish a journal
paper based on his work.
multi-disciplinary Centre brings together diverse areas of expertise to
train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and
confidence to tackle current and future offshore renewable energy
challenges. The strategic direction of the programme is guided by an
Industrial Steering Board comprising representatives from professional
bodies, employers and regulators. EngD students on the programme (called
Research Engineers) undertake advanced training in technical skills and
competencies as well as transferable skills such as project management,
innovation management, and team working. Alongside this they undertake a
challenging and original research project at PhD level.