FEIT Research Project Database

Developing a novel foundation to secure floating renewable energy turbines

Project Leader: Yinghui Tian
Primary Contact: Yinghui Tian (yinghui.tian@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: civil engineering; geotechnical engineering; numerical modelling; renewable energy; Renewables
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Yinghui Tian, Prof Mark Cassidy, Prof Guanlin Ye (SJTU), Dr Yifa Wang

This project is funded by the UoM-SHJTU Joint PhD Projects with paired Seed Funding. This project will advance the knowledge of foundation systems for offshore renewable facilities in order to underpin the nascent marine renewable industry.

This joint project provides two PhD positions: one enrolled at the University of Melbourne and the other enrolled at Shanghai Jiaotong University.

This project description only accounts for the PhD position enrolled at the University of Melbourne. The research scope for this PhD will concentrate on developing a novel foundation to secure the next generation of floating wind and wave turbines, based on the concept of ‘hybrid foundation’. This will be achieved through rigorous numerical finite element modelling and advanced centrifuge testing (to be conducted at SJTU). This project involves 1–1.5 years studying at SJTU in China .

Successful applicants will be awarded a tax-free stipend ($31,200) and fee offset scholarship. Information on scholarships and how to apply.


  • Master of Civil Engineering (geotechnical engineering); or Bachelor of Civil Engineering (first class honours) or closely related discipline
  • Meet all relevant criteria to gain entry to the University of Melbourne PhD program


  • High-quality journal publications.
  • Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written English.

To submit your interest, please email your:

  • Resume
  • Full academic transcripts
  • Details of any published papers
  • English test, eg, IELTS (if applicable)

to Yinghui Tian at yinghui.tian@unimelb.edu.au.