Advanced experimental methods for high-speed flows PhD


   School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM)

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  Dr P Zachos, Dr D MacManus  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentship in the area of experimental aerodynamics for high-speed flows within the Centre for Propulsion an Thermal Power Engineering Centre at Cranfield University.

High levels of inlet flow distortion are critical in closely coupled supersonic intake systems due to their complex spatial nature and notable temporal unsteadiness, which may influence the operability of the propulsion system. Future closely coupled designs may feature highly three-dimensional intake systems whose design degrees of freedom may increase the complexity of integration with a propulsion system. These aspects could notably impact the development process and eventually penalise certification timescales.

Measuring these complex aerodynamics with high spatial and temporal resolution is feasible via the application on non-intrusive optical methods but the application of such techniques is hindered by the instrumentation integration requirements and more importantly by the complexity of the measurement domain. This doctoral activity aims to address these challenges by using state of the art flow measurement technologies to visualise and quantify the unsteady flow characteristics at the interface between the airframe and the aero-engine. The aim of the work will be to provide novel measurement techniques which will subsequently be used for industrial testing as part of engine development and certification programmes. The generated datasets will educate design broader design methods for fan design and integration within the intake system.

The successful student will be given the opportunity to present the work in fully funded international conferences over the duration of the programme, participate in industrial workshops and collaborate closely with UK aerospace industrial players in the area of high-speed aerodynamics. It is highly likely that upon successful completion of the doctoral programme a number of employment opportunities in the related sector will emerge within Academia or Industry.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in mechanical or aerospace engineering or related area. Knowledge of compressible flow aerodynamics would be a distinct advantage.

About the sponsor

Sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

For further information please contact:

Name: Dr Pavlos Zachos

Email: [Email Address Removed]

If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form.

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