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Stage - département Mécanique & Structure

Publication date: 22/02/2019
Reference: STG201902
Location: La Ciotat
Contract type: Internship (6 months)


Ideol, based in La Ciotat (France), was created in 2010 with the aim of developing both technically and economically viable floating foundation solutions for the offshore wind industry. Recipient of numerous innovation and entrepreneurship awards, the company benefits from the support of a large and prestigious panel of public and private investors. Its industry-changing and patented “Damping Pool”® design is compatible with all existing offshore wind turbines. Maximizing local content and optimizing the entire process from construction to installation, maintenance and decommissioning have been the company’s key priorities since day one. Its particularly cost-competitive solution allows for the development of projects without any water depth or soil constraints on sites benefiting from the best available wind resources. Benefiting from the experience and know-how of a fully integrated team of 60 experts and engineers coming from the offshore oil & gas and renewables industries, the company has recently commissioned its first full-scale demonstrator (the FLOATGEN project, which is also France’s first offshore wind turbine) and its second full-scale demonstrator is has been installed off Japan. Ideol is also involved in the French Mediterranean’s first floating offshore wind farm (the EOLMED project) as well as several other floating projects across the world (including Japan’s first commercial floating offshore wind farm in partnership with Acacia Renewables), positioning the company as a leader in this fast-growing and accelerating market.


Topic: Numerical analysis and optimization of concrete-steel connections

Ideol studies the opportunity to lighten local complex connections by implementing primary structure steel parts in the most stressed area.
The purpose of the proposed internship is to design, model and check the structural behavior of a typical steel to concrete connection. The model to be developed will encompass the effects of differential stiffness and friction/contact between the steel part and the concrete part of the connection.
The intern will participate to the study and will start from simple model and increase the complexity level of the connection to reach a full non-linear model built with solid elements. It will then be assessed whether the proposed design is relevant compared to proven field solutions making this master thesis a real challenge


• Final year of Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical engineering, Materials engineering, Numerical Methods in engineering…
• A good command of English, both written and spoken, is essential.
• Knowledge of Finite element analysis software such as Patran, Femap, Nastran Solve is a plus
• Affinity with Finite Element Modeling and Analysis
• Comfortable in written communication and reporting.
• The candidate's approach shall be design, numerical and construction minded also showing creativity, flexibility and initiative