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Aero-engine intake aerodynamics and flow control

Project Description

This is a full funded PhD in propulsion system aerodynamics in collaboration with Rolls-Royce and EPSRC. The focus of the research is on the aerodynamics and flow control of aero-engine intake systems for novel aircraft configurations. Read less

There is a significant ongoing effort to reduce emissions from civil aviation both in terms of propulsion and aircraft system research. For future aircraft concepts there is an expectation that new architectures, required to delivered improved fuel efficiency, will feature closer integration of the propulsion system with the airframe. A key challenge for such configurations will be the more complex aerodynamic characteristics associated with the propulsion system integration. This can apply to the aero-engine intake, exhaust, nacelle and main propulsion system.

The overall aim of the funded PhD project is to develop a quantitative understanding of the aero-engine intake aerodynamics for novel configurations. The research will focus on identifying the viable intake design space for a range of configurations and determining the expected aerodynamic performance to enable preliminary design trade studies. The airframe ‘space envelope’ required for new intake integration and fan compatibility are also key factors in the evaluations. This project may also study the potential benefits of applying fluidic flow control to improve the intake aerodynamic performance. The research will focus on computational and analytical methods with the potential for experimental work on candidate configurations. The main impact of the work will be through Rolls-Royce where it will enable improved quantitative assessments of intake performance which can have a significant impact on the overall viability of potential novel aircraft configurations aimed at reduced emissions.

The research is funded through an EPSRC industrial CASE award in collaboration with Rolls-Royce. The work will be conducted through the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre based at Cranfield which has a strong collaborative history with Rolls-Royce in the aero of aero-engine installation aerodynamics. This programme provides the PhD candidate with an opportunity to work closely with Rolls-Royce engineers across a range of disciplines. The PhD programme will also develop broader aspects such as presentational skills, reporting and critical thinking.

Funding Notes

This is a full funded PhD, Sponsored by EPSRC and Rolls-Royce. Tax free bursary of at least £15,009 plus tuition fees.

Funding eligibility is based on the EPSRC requirements for CASE awards which can be viewed here View Website

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