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Wave Energy Converter Numerical Modeler

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name NREL
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Wave Energy Converter Numerical Modeler
Boulder, CO
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The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) in Boulder, CO is seeking an engineering student to support work in the area of numerical modeling of wave energy conversion devices. The NWTC is a center within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, dedicated to the technical development of wind and water power technologies. The NWTC will support an undergraduate engineering student for 10-hours a week during the academic year of 2013-2014. All work will be performed at NWTC in south Boulder. 
The focus of this project is the simulation of wave energy conversion (WEC) devices using the NREL-developed WEC-Sim wave energy converter simulation tool. Specifically, the student will be responsible for: 

1. Developing numerical models of two generic WEC technologies 
2. Simulating the devices in various wave conditions 
3. Analyzing power production and device motions 
4. Comparing the numerical results with available numerical simulation data 

The work will be sufficient for a senior-level engineering design project, and should provide a useful starting point for a masters-level project. Through this work, the student will have the opportunity to work with leaders in the field of wave energy.
• Develop numerical models of WEC devices using the WEC-Sim modeling tool 
• Simulate WEC devices, compare the simulation results to available experimental data, and identify areas of agreement and reasons for possible differences 
• Work closely with NREL researchers to improve the WEC-Sim code 
• Document results of the work performed
Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program at an accredited institution. 

Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Please Note: 
Be sure to attach your current transcript (unoffical transcripts are acceptable) on the "Submit Attachments" Page during the application process in order for your GPA and student status to be verified.
• Enrollment in a undergraduate engineering program (or comparable field) at a university 
• Demonstrated experience with mathematical modeling, numerical techniques, and computer programming 
• Working knowledge of technical disciplines important to wave energy conversion systems, including fluid dynamics, fluid-structure interactions, structural dynamics, and control systems 
• Effective interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills
• Experience in numerical modeling of wave energy conversion devices
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