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Dr. Breiffni Fitzgerald

Ussher Assistant Professor (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

Dr Breiffni Fitzgerald received the B.A.I. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Structural engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 2009 and 2013, respectively. He was a Research Fellow with Trinity College Dublin from 2013 to 2014 and a Lecturer with the Technological University of Dublin from 2015 to 2016. He is currently an Ussher Assistant Professor in Energy in the School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include wind turbine aerodynamics and structural dynamics, dynamics and damping of structures, wind engineering, vibration control, and control theory. He has received funding to work in these areas from the Irish Research Council, Enterprise Ireland, H2020, SEAI and industry partners. He is currently supervising two PhD students, one postdoctoral research fellow and four MSc students. Dr Fitzgerald is a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He has been appointed by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) as a technical expert for the development of Structural Eurocode EN 1991-1-4: Wind loads. Dr Fitzgerald has also been appointed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to serve as Ireland's international expert on the Research Task on Wind Farm Control.
  ACTIVE CONTROL   Civil Engineering   CONTROL SYSTEMS   Integration of Renewable Energy Systems   Renewable energy   Smart Cities   Soil Mechanics & Foundations   Structural Design   Structural Dynamics   Structural Engineering   WIND   Wind Energy and Wind Turbines   Wind, Wind Energy Engineering
 Enhanced Controllers for Wind Farms
 Control and Power Take-off Optimization for WRAM (CAPTOW)
 Development of damping parameters for Irish Offshore Wind Farms

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Engineers Ireland - Structures & Construction Committee Member 2015-
Institute of Structural Engineers - Ireland Branch Committee Member 2015-
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Irish Medium Medium Medium
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Engineers Ireland, Chartered Engineer (CEng) 2007
Magneto-rheological Tuned Liquid Column Dampers to Improve Reliability of Wind Turbine Towers in, Advances in Rotor Dynamics, Control, and Structural Health Monitoring, Singapore, Springer, 2020, pp467 - 496, [Breiffni Fitzgerald], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Breiffni Fitzgerald, Individual Blade Pitch Control of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines for Load Mitigation and Power Regulation, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Breiffni Fitzgerald, Tuned mass-damper-inerter (TMDI) for suppressing edgewise vibrations of wind turbine blades, Engineering Structures, 221, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Saptarshi Sarkar, Lin Chen, Breiffni Fitzgerald and Biswajit Basu, Multi-resolution wavelet pitch controller for spar-type floating offshore wind turbines including wave-current interactions, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 470 (2020) 115170, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Breiffni Fitzgerald, An Assessment of the Potential for Co-located Offshore Wind and Wave Farms in Ireland, Energy, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Breiffni Fitzgerald, Vibration Control of Wind Turbines: Recent Advances and Emerging Trends, International Journal of Sustainable Materials and Structural Systems, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
A. Staino, R. Abou-Eid, A. Rojas, B. Fitzgerald, B. Basu , Health Monitoring and Aging Assessment of HVAC Refrigerant Compressors in Railway Systems, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Auckland, NZ, October 2019, 2019, pp2177 - 2182, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Breiffni Fitzgerald, Vibration control of spar‐type floating offshore wind turbine towers using a tuned mass‐damper‐inerter, Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Breiffni Fitzgerald, Andrea Staino,and Biswajit Basu, Wavelet‐based individual blade pitch control for vibration control of wind turbine blades, Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
David Igoe, Luke Prendergast, Breiffni Fitzgerald and Saptarshi Sarkar, Numerical modelling of a monopile for estimating the natural frequency of an offshore wind turbine, China - Europe Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, Vienna, August 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Award Date
Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Student Prize 2010
Collen Prize in Engineering 2009
Gold Medal, Trinity College Dublin 2009
Irish Research Council Award 2009