Thesis proposals

TEST TYPETOPICTITLEDESCRIPTIONADVISOR/REFERENCECONTACT PROFESSORNOTESATTACHED
Master thesisWave energyWave Energy Demonstration Tank projectThesis in Maynooth, Ireland.

Design and construction of an interactive wave energy demonstration tank to show the importance of control in the efficient conversion of wave energy, while highlighting the benefits of renewable sources of energy to diverse audiences, including non-technical public, other technical disciplines, and a range of school children from 4 yrs-18 yrs.
nicolas.faedo@polito.it
edoardo.pasta@polito.it
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.itMechanical engineering
Mechatronics engineering
Wave tank demo project
Master thesisEnergy system modellingLong-term energy system modelling: the impact of different time-series clustering algorithmsThe reliability of energy system models strongly depends on the temporal detail used in their implementation. Cutting-edge methods for the inclusion of clustered time-series in long-term, optimisation-based energy models have proved to be desirable when planning the energy transition process. However, additional work has to be developed to identify the most suitable clustering algorithms for such applications.
The thesis work aims at creating a framework for the development, comparison and testing of different clustering algorithms in long-term energy system models, and their implementation to one or several case studies. The influence of extreme days implementation will be also investigated. The work will be developed through the Python programming language, and will also make use of the OSeMOSYS energy system modelling framework.
riccardo.novo@polito.itgiuliana.mattiazzo@polito.it
Master thesisEnergy system modellingSupporting the implementation of long-term energy system models: towards a Typical Energy Year approachMulti-year energy system models are generally used to study the medium- to long-term transition to a clean and affordable energy supply. Nevertheless, time-series of power demand and renewable energy sources are generally maintained constant along the years, despite their considerable variation in real world. In this view, some approaches have been proposed to make use of the consolidated “Typical Meteorological Year”, which consists in the study of time-series over several past years and to the identification of representative months. However, such approach exclusively takes into account meteorological time-series.
The thesis work aims to study the state-of-the-art of the above mentioned field and develop a new methodology for the identification of a “Typical Energy Year”, capable of highlighting the most suitable representative periods (e.g. months, weeks) taking into account the productivity of renewable energy sources and the variability of power consumption. The developed methodology will be applied to the case study of the energy transition of a small italian island.
riccardo.novo@polito.it; enrico.giglio@polito.itgiuliana.mattiazzo@polito.it
Master thesisEnergy system modellingWind energy instantaneous penetration: an optimization strategyThe share of renewable energy has increased in recent years, reaching almost 50% or even more in many countries. Consequently, the role of variable renewable energy sources (VRES) is also increasing, and to use this power storage systems are necessary to reduce the uncertainty associated with the variability of the sources. In fact, the intermittency in the production could lead to instability of the grid in terms of frequency and voltage, and the storage system acts as a buffer between the generation side and the load side. However, the storage system cannot be the only solution to the problem of variability of the RES. Rather, various optimization strategy can be used to increase the percentage of power that can be feed directly from the VRES technologies, without the need for a storage system.
This work focuses on wind turbines and aims to show how developments in this technology have affected power variability and instantaneous penetration. Once the framework is clarified, a strategy will be developed to optimize the instantaneous share instead of just generating electricity.
riccardo.novo@polito.it; enrico.giglio@polito.itgiuliana.mattiazzo@polito.it
Master thesisWave and wind energyArray design and livelised cost of energy of wave farms and offshore wind farmsThe MORE-EST Wave and Wind Energy platform is a web-based tool that provides techno-economic evaluation of wave energy converters and offshore wind turbines in European waters. This thesis will advance the development of the platform, analysing appropriate array configurations, w.r.t. external constraints such as bathymetry and ship traffic, and estimate capital and operational expenditures, as well as productivity potential, for any given area of the European Seas. Knowledge of phyton and GIS is encouraged. Relevant material can be found in the DTOcean Plus project documentation.giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
riccardo.novo@polito.it
giulia.cervelli@polito.it
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.itElectric Engineering
Energy Engineering
Mechatronics
Mechanical Engineering
Master thesisWaveLeveraging parametric resonance to enhance wave energy extraction.A floating wave energy converter is a device that moves in response to incoming waves. Usually, only the linear resonance is condition is taken into account for the power maximisation. By using a computationally efficient nonlinear Froude-Krylov force calculation approach (doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4682671), nonlinear parametric resonance can be articulated and exploited to enlarge the energy absorption bandwidth.giuseppe.giorgi@polito.itgiuseppe.giorgi@polito.itMechatronics
Aerospace Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Master thesisFloating islandsDevelopment of a multi-body hydrodynamic interaction framework: Floating islands case studyThe scope of the thesis concerns the technological development of interconnected floating platforms for residential use. The goal of the thesis activity is the development of mathematical and numerical models for studying the hydrodynamic interaction of interconnected floating platforms. Subsequently, optimization and preliminary design of modular housing platforms and their connections will be carried out. This thesis activity is part of the "Seaform" project studying the feasibility of creating communities on floating artificial islands (https://www.seaform.it/)sergej.sirigu@polito.itsergej.sirigu@polito.itMechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, mathematics Engineering, Physics of complex systems
Master thesisFloating islandsNumerical analysis and design of a connection system based on elastomeric material: floating islands case studyThe scope of the thesis concerns the numerical study and design of a connection system based on elastomeric material for the connection of floating platforms for residential use. Objectives of the thesis are:
- functional design of a connection based on elastomeric material
- numerical modeling (FEM) of the elastomeric connection
- mechanical design of the connection


The thesis activity is part of the "Seaform" project, which studies the feasibility of creating communities on floating artificial islands (https://www.seaform.it/)
sergej.sirigu@polito.itsergej.sirigu@polito.itMechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil engineering
Master thesisFloating islandsNumerical modelling and design of floating breakwatersThe thesis topic concerns numerical modeling and design of floating breakwaters for the protection of future floating cities. Objectives of the thesis are:
- Development of the numerical model of floating breakwaters: hydrodynamic interaction and moorings
- Definition of system performance
- Optimization and design of the floating breakwater


This thesis activity is part of the "Seaform" project, which studies the feasibility of creating communities on artificial floating islands (https://www.seaform.it/)
sergej.sirigu@polito.itsergej.sirigu@polito.itMechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil engineering
Master thesisFloating islandsDesign of a water ballast management system and its control for offshore floating structuresThe topic of this thesis is the design of a water ballast management system for application on offshore floating structures. These systems consist of the presence of several water-containing ballasts within floating structures, the control of which allows the adjustment of the buoyancy of these structures. Objectives of the thesis are:

- development of a mechatronic model for the simulation of the water ballast management system
- study and synthesis of a control logic of such a system for the adjustment of the buoyancy of floating structures

This thesis activity is part of the "Seaform" project, which studies the feasibility of creating communities on floating artificial islands (https://www.seaform.it/)
sergej.sirigu@polito.itsergej.sirigu@polito.itMechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, mechatronics engineering
Master thesisWaveBuilding a wave energy converter database for a GIS-based decision platformA GIS-based decision platform is available for the optimal selection of wave energy converters in a given site, under a techno-economic point of view. This thesis aims at improving the technology database, by generating power production matrices via constrainted optimal control strategies, and investigating appropriate proxies or indicators for capital costs.giuseppe.giorgi@polito.itgiuseppe.giorgi@polito.itMechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, mechatronics engineering
Master thesisWind/WaveHydrodynamics modelling of wind-wave devices.Inclusion of the computation of the hydrodynamic coefficients using the open-source Capytaine in the in-house code MOST for the simulation of floating wind turbines.alberto.ghigo@polito.it
emilio.faraggiana@polito.it
massimo.sirigu@polito.it
giovanni.bracco@polito.itMechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Tesi TriennaleWindResource assessmentThe purpose of the thesis is to analyze the meteorological wave and wind data for an offshore site off the island Pantelleria. The aim is to estimate the wind productivity of the site and to understand the feasibility of floating offshore wind projectsalberto.ghigo@polito.it
emilio.faraggiana@polito.it
massimo.sirigu@polito.it
giovanni.bracco@polito.itMechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Master thesisWindTechno-economic analysis of floating wind turbine farmDevelopment of a numerical code which accounts a detailed computation of main economic cost of a floating wind turbine farm from a scientific literature researchalberto.ghigo@polito.it
emilio.faraggiana@polito.it
massimo.sirigu@polito.it
giovanni.bracco@polito.itMechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Master thesisWindWind farm modellingDevelopment of a numerical code in MATLAB to account the effect of aerodynamic interactions between the wind turbines and estimate the power production (reference code: WASP).alberto.ghigo@polito.it
emilio.faraggiana@polito.it
massimo.sirigu@polito.it
giovanni.bracco@polito.itMechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Master thesisWindStructural modelling of wind turbine bladesStructural modelling and mechanical stress analysis of a wind turbine blades using the open-source SONATA.massimo.sirigu@polito.it
emilio.faraggiana@polito.it
alberto.ghigo@polito.it
giovanni.bracco@polito.itMechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Tesi TriennaleWindLife Cycle AssessmentThe aim of the thesis is to describe the Life Cycle Assessment of a wind turbine, focusing in particular on the device dismantling and the recycling problem of bladesalberto.ghigo@polito.it
emilio.faraggiana@polito.it
massimo.sirigu@polito.it
giovanni.bracco@polito.itMechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Tesi TriennaleWindWake analysisDescribe the problem of wakes in a wind farm: what are the consequences in terms of productivity? How are losses estimated ? What are the most common layout solutions to overcome this problem?alberto.ghigo@polito.it
emilio.faraggiana@polito.it
massimo.sirigu@polito.it
giovanni.bracco@polito.itMechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Master thesisWaveDynamic simulation of an innovative wave energy converter, based on gyroscopic effectsDevelopment of a numerical model of the electro-mechanical conversion system, using Matlab and/or SimMechanics and/or WEC-Sim. Analysis of the productivity and parametric optimization of the most important features of the device.giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
sergej.sirigu@polito.it
fabio.carapellese@polito.it
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
sergej.sirigu@polito.it
fabio.carapellese@polito.it
Mechatronics
Aerospace Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Master thesisWaveDynamical analysis of an inertial wave energy converterThesis in Budapest, Hungary.

More information at: https://www.mm.bme.hu/pages/temak/view_en.php?id=134
habib@mm.bme.hu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.itMechatronics
Aerospace Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Master thesisWave/windThesis 2
in/with Mondragón University
Thesis in Mondragón, Basque country, Spain.

Structural integrity of Marine Renewable Energy Devices: Extreme loading

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mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Mondragon-Penalba-P2
Master thesisWave/windThesis 3
in/with Mondragón University
Thesis in Mondragón, Basque country, Spain.

Structural integrity of Marine Renewable Energy Devices: Fatigue effects

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mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Mondragon-Penalba-P3
Master thesisWaveThesis 4
in/with Mondragón University
Thesis in Mondragón, Basque country, Spain.

Wave Energy Converter Array Modelling via Harmonic Balance Methods

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mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Mondragon-Penalba-P4
Master thesisWindThesis 5
in/with Mondragón University
Thesis in Mondragón, Basque country, Spain.

Hidro-Aerolaestic Modelling for +10 MW floating Offshore wind turbines: Evaluation of Uncertainties in wind turbulence intensity

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mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Mondragon-Penalba-P5
Master thesisWindThesis 6
in/with Mondragón University
Thesis in Mondragón, Basque country, Spain.

Design of a health-informed hidro-aeroelastic model for Offshore wind turbines: Impact of blade erosion, gearbox and electrical generator faults

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mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Mondragon-Penalba-P6
Master thesisWaveThesis 9
in/with Mondragón University
Thesis in Mondragón, Basque country, Spain.

Nonlinear Hydrodynamic Modelling for the SparBuoy

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mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
mpenalba@mondragon.edu
giuseppe.giorgi@polito.it
Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
GIORGI - Code-to-Code Nonlinear Hydrodynamic Modelling verification for WECs - WEC-Sim vs. NLFK4ALL - 2021
Master thesisElectric boatDeveloping a static and
dynamic Velocity Prediction
Programm (VPP)
for a zero emission raceboat
Nonlinear dynamics and optimizationmauro.bonfanti@polito.itmauro.bonfanti@polito.itAerospace Engineeringelectric_boat_T1
Triennale/MasterSoftwarePipeline beetween a 
computational fluid dynamics 
software and Simulink for 
multiphysic simulation  
software coupling for multiphysic simulationpietro.casalone@polito.itgiuseppe.giorgi@polito.itInformatic Engineering Pipeline beetween a computational fluid dynamic software and Simulink for multiphysic simulation
Master thesisWaveHigh-fidelity Numerical Modelling of a Wave
Energy Converter
Development of a numerical parametric wave tank for WECs in OpenFOAM beatrice.battisti@polito.itgiuliana.mattiazzo@polito.itAerospace Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
CFD_thesis_OF
Master thesisWaveFractional-order modelling of Wave Energy ConvertersThesis in Ireland, Maynooth University, at the Centre for Ocean energy Researchgiuseppe.giorgi@polito.itsergej.sirigu@polito.it
edoardo.pasta@polito.it
Mathematical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Mechanical Engineering
MORE-COER internship - 1
Master thesisWaveInterpolation-based strategies for the assisted computation of frequency-domain hydrodynamic coefficients in WEC systems Thesis in Ireland, Maynooth University, at the Centre for Ocean energy Researchsergej.sirigu@polito.itmauro.bonfanti@polito.it
edoardo.pasta@polito.it
Aerospace Engineering Mechanical EngineeringMORE-COER internship - 2
Master thesisWaveDevelopment of a predictor for relative foil/fluid velocityThesis in Ireland, Maynooth University, at the Centre for Ocean energy Researchmauro.bonfanti@polito.itgiuliana.mattiazzo@polito.it
edoardo.pasta@polito.it
Aerospace Engineering Mechanical EngineeringMORE-COER internship - 3