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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 Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council, Enterprise Ireland, H2020, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and industry partners. 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 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
 Machine Learning for Wind Farm Aerodynamics and Control (MeLodiC)
 Next Generation Energy Systems (NexSys)
 Data Driven Digital Twin of Wind Farm (TwinFarm)
 A comprehensive decision support tool for end-of-life wind turbines of Ireland; Lifetime Extension, Decommissioning, Repowering, Repurposing [WindLEDeRR]

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Engineers Ireland - Structures & Construction Committee Member 2015-
Institute of Structural Engineers - Ireland Branch Committee Member 2015-
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Engineers Ireland, Chartered Engineer (CEng) 2007
Hollie Moore, Brian Broderick and Breiffni Fitzgerald, Experimental and computational evaluation of modal identification techniques for structural damping estimation, International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Breiffni Fitzgerald, A Review of Rapid Distortion Theory, Greener, 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Shubham Baisthakur and Breiffni Fitzgerald, A study of wind-wave misalignment for the Irish coastline and its effect on the wind turbine response, Civil Engineering Research in Ireland, Dublin, 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Hollie Moore, Brian Broderick, Breiffni Fitzgerald, Vincent Barrett, Shane Linehan, Model Validation for the Wind Response of Modular High-Rise Buildings through Full Scale Monitoring, Civil Engineering Research in Ireland, 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Breiffni Fitzgerald and Saptarshi Sarkar, Fluid inerter for optimal vibration control of floating offshore wind turbine towers, Engineering Structures, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
John Hickey, Brian Broderick, Breiffni Fitzgerald, Hollie Moore, Mitigation of Wind Induced Accelerations in Tall Modular Buildings , Structures, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Sudipta Lal Basu, Kirk Soodhalter, Breiffni Fitzgerald, and Biswajit Basu, Flow in a large wind field with multiple actuators in the presence of constant vorticity, Physics of Fluids, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Breiffni Fitzgerald, Fault Prediction and Classification for a Doubly-Fed Induction Generator based Wind Turbine by using Random Forest Classifier, The 9th Renewable Power Generation Conference, 2021, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Breiffni Fitzgerald, Nonlinear model predictive control to reduce pitch actuation of floating offshore wind turbines, IFAC-PapersOnLine, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Breiffni Fitzgerald, Use of Kane's Method for Multi-Body Dynamic Modelling and Control of Spar-Type Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, Energies, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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