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4-year CASE studentship: System Optimisation using Aerodynamic Insert

   Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

  Dr Daniel Butcher, Dr Duncan Walker, Dr A Spencer  Friday, May 19, 2023  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a four-year industry-sponsored CASE PhD studentship, funded by EPSRC and Caterpillar in the Innovation and Research Centre at Loughborough University. The project will develop a novel methodology for designing flow features within ducted flows using a combination of experimental and computation approaches.

In order to reduce our impact on the environment including emissions and energy consumption, the efficiency of aerodynamic and fluid systems must be maximised. However, components often see sub-optimal input - or boundary - conditions which can impact their efficiency, effectiveness and lifespan. This project will use initially use fundamental, canonical flows to develop a methodology for designing desired flow structures or removal of flow structures. The researcher will then work together with the project sponsor to apply the methodology to a number of industrial flow systems, in order to improve component and system efficiency.

As a part of the Applied Aerodynamics research group, the doctoral researcher will have access to high-performance computing and CFD simulation packages as well as optical diagnostic techniques such as planar and tomographic PIV (for 3D measurements) and Refractive Index Matching facilities. They will work closely with the project sponsor and give regular progress updates to the Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre and during the final year, will spend a minimum of 3 months on-site.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.


Primary supervisor: Dr Daniel Butcher

Secondary supervisor: Dr Duncan Walker and Professor Adrian Spencer

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Students should have or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 degree in an Engineering discipline or related field.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

How to apply

All applications should be made online and must include a research proposal. Under the programme name, select 'Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering'. Please quote the advertised reference number AAE-DB-2122 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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Funding Notes

Funding is available for four years and provides tuition fees at the UK rate plus an enhanced tax-free stipend of £20,668 per annum. Project funding is also available for travel and consumables, such as attendance at international conferences.
The project is funded by EPSRC and an industrial sponsor via a CASE award. Note, due to funding restrictions, the studentship is only available to applicants with UK residency. In order to qualify for UK fees, you must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement.
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