Angus Buck

Angus Buck

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A friendly PhD student with a physics background, looking to contribute to the renewables industry.

I studied for MPhys in Physics with Advanced Research, and obtained it with 1st class Honours. The advanced research specialisation allowed a 100-credit research project (2.5x larger than the standard masters' project), where I researched 'radiation reaction-reduced Cherenkov radiation in a quantum vacuum' and was able to produce some original results for my supervisor. (Ah, good times!)

As the degree finished however, I realised I really wanted something more directly useful and helpful (sorry Physicists!) to people; considering my skillset, I was led to renewable energy.

I'm currently studying for a PhD with the Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMESS) CDT at Strathclyde. After a year learning the basics of many areas of offshore renewables (from weather resource to electrical systems to economic policy), I was offered a PhD under Peter Jamieson and J Michael R Graham on the aerodynamics of a novel vertical axis multi-rotor system (VAWT MRS). The MRS layout turns many typical VAWT disadvantages into advantages, and can obtain the usual benefits of multi-rotor systems such as easier standardisation, intrinsic redundancy, etc, so it seemed a really exciting opportunity!

I've started fairly recently, but I hope to study effects of flow concentration, tip-losses and counter-rotation of adjacent VAWTs, at various degrees of fidelity and at least two models (full CFD and actuator disk). Aerodynamics is new to me so there's quite a learning curve, but I'm optimistic my background has given me the skills to pick it up well.

Personally, I am committed and driven with my work, and friendly and cooperative with people. I'm 'carbon-neutral' (an oversimplification of course) thanks to 8billiontrees.com, and (begrudgingly!) reducing my carbon footprint through my diet too.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Keywords

  • aerodynamics
  • offshore wind energy

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