UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Dynamics, fatigue and damping in offshore wind turbine structures

Philippe’s research on offshore wind turbines focuses on their dynamics and fatigue.

1 September 2017

He is currently working on detailed modelling of the damping in these systems as damping directly affects the amplitude of turbine responses to wind and waves.

He also collaborates with Dr Gennaro Senatore (formerly of CEGE, now at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) on adaptive structures to save energy. The large-scale adaptive truss prototype built at UCL to demonstrate the practical potential of the design methodology developed during Gennaro’s EngD was nominated in the 2016 Institution of Structural Engineers’ Structural Awards ‘Small Projects’ category. The prototype was also nominated and won the 2016 National Instrument Engineering Impact Award in the ’Precision and Control‘ category at a ceremony held in London in November 2016.

Philippe continues to collaborate with UCL Bartlett on developing combined cost and carbon structural optimisation tools for buildings. The project integrates optimisation and multi-criteria decision-making tools within a building information modelling platform (BIM).

He is also supervising a PhD student thesis on the potential of using graphene oxide as a Portland cement additive.