2017: Better Design and Maintenance of Wind Turbines
Improving the design and maintenance of offshore wind farms is the central topic of a PhD project being conducted in Denmark.
It aims to help engineers quantify uncertainties in the wind energy sector and will allow offshore wind farm operators to optimise their maintenance activities based on the assessed condition of the structures. It will also shed light on known project risks in the wind energy industry such as hazardous resonance between wind turbine and support structures in operation.
Presently there is a gap between design ambitions and performance of wind turbines in reality. Many of the world’s first generation of wind farms are reaching the end of their expected lifetimes and risk becoming outdated or less efficient. Therefore, many operators are considering repowering, and this project aims to be a vital stepping stone in developing a market in lifetime extension, and repowering.
These structural health monitoring techniques, which build upon existing knowledge and methods from Ramboll Oil & Gas developed during the last 17 years, are also well-suited for oil and gas platform that are adapted to offshore wind purposes.
2017: Urban Climate Action Impacts Framework
As climate change continues to affect cities throughout the world, measuring its impact in a methodical and credible way is crucial. With support from the Foundation, Ramboll and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is developing a framework for describing and measuring the wider impacts of urban climate action.
The C40 connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy.
With cities at the forefront of experiencing climate impacts, there is a widespread need for municipal agencies to understand and mitigate the climate risks to urban citizens, economies, infrastructure, services and environments.
However, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for adaptation action remains a significant challenge for municipalities, and this project provides the opportunity to promote Ramboll’s expertise in this area and assist cities with the challenge of climate change adaptation.
The impacts framework is wide-reaching, recognising the fact that any solution to combat climate change goes hand in hand with prosperity, health and inequality. The approach, if adopted widely, will allow the findings of different research efforts to be compared and combined to tell a collective story so cities can be better informed to make evidence-based decisions.
2016: Industrial PhD on Aerodynamic Stability of Long Span Bridges
In 2014, Randi Nøhr Møller started working in the Analysis Group in the International Bridge Department at Ramboll. She became involved in a project concerning a major long span suspension bridge and the challenges related to calculating the instability limit of these bridges.
The instability limit is the wind speed for the onset of flutter, which are the fatal vibrations of bridge deck structures that occur as a result of wind-structure interaction. As the flutter limit is a governing design parameter for long span bridges, developing an improved calculation method could be of vital importance.
In May 2016, Randi was granted funding to undertake an Industrial PhD on this subject. The project is in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (under supervision of Professor Steen Krenk) and Ramboll (under supervision of Martin Nymann Svendsen). The aim of the project is to provide an improved method for calculation of the aerodynamic stability limit which includes advanced structural response effects and a consistent representation of the wind load.
2016: UNLEASH, Supporting Sustainability
UNLEASH aims to build networks around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s. These are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and company policies over the next 15 years.
1,000 talents from 115 countries were gathered in Denmark from the 13 – 21 August to attend the first ever Unleash Innovation Lab 2017. A global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to generate ideas and build lasting global networks around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Senior consultant and sustainability specialist Gitte Gylling Hammershøj Olesen along with architect Agustín Granados and socio-economist Jacob. S Andersen from Ramboll were all chosen as talents participating in UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017.
Ramboll engineer Gitte Gylling was on the winning team in the category ‘Urban Sustainability’ ahead of 17 other teams. The creative idea is called Demolition 4 Design and is envisioned to be the google of demolition explains Gitte: ” The underlying problem however is the lack of knowledge related to the abandoned buildings. And this is where technology comes into play. Currently, we know too little about material in the buildings so we have crafted a prototype solution to scan the building lot, possible by the use drones, to know what it consists of. Then this information can be stored in a database that would allow architects to design new houses, schools or the like based on materials available.”
The board members of UNLEASH include experts from Copenhagen University, MIT, the Japan Innovation Network, Lego Foundation, Volvo, Carlsberg, and among the partners is the Ramboll Foundation. The inaugural UNLEASH Innovation Lab runs from 13 August – 21 August – with inputs from Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, former EU-commissioner Connie Hedegaard and architect Bjarke Ingels among others.
The SDG’s were agreed upon in 2015 by all UN member states and consists of 17 goals and 169 targets for the world to become a better place in 2030.
Within research and education, the Foundation in particular focus on the technical and natural science areas as well as sociologically orientated research given Ramboll’s brand as sustainable society consultants and focus on the interface between technological progress on societies.
- A three-year industrially focused research project and PhD education which is carried out in a collaboration between a company, an Industrial PhD candidate and a university