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Aerospace Engineering: College of Engineering Centenary Scholarship: Active Control methods in Nonlinear Aeroelasticity

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S Jiffri
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Subject areas: Aerospace Engineering, Control

Start date: January 2020

Project description: The main aim of this project is to study the dynamic behaviour of a nonlinear aeroelastic system, primarily due to gust inputs, and to investigate the use of a variety of linear/nonlinear active control approaches (including Robust Control) that might be used to mitigate vibrations in the system. The project will involve analytical, computational and experimental components of research, each complementing the others. The analytical/computational facets of the project will include the creation of suitable aeroelastic models for simulation and analysis (using existing software such as Matlab, SolidWorks, Nastran, etc.). The experimental facet will primarily be based in the Swansea University College of Engineering wind tunnel facility in Bay Campus, with suitable scaled nonlinear aerofoil/wing models mounted in the College’s low-speed wind tunnel. Active control will be implemented in the presence of wind flow and/or gusts, using the dSPACE real-time control system already available within the College. Other experimental facilities available include a DIC (Digital Image Correlation) and a PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) system. The purchase of an LMS system (for modal testing and analysis) is also being considered. As this research is in line with research being carried out by staff within the Aerospace Structures Research Group in the College, there is a good base of knowledge and expertise that may be benefited from.

Project supervisors: Dr Shakir Jiffri (primary), Professor Michael Friswell (second)

Available resources/facilities: Low-speed wind tunnel, dynamic laboratory, dSPACE real-time control system, DIC, PIV, relevant software (Matlab, Nastran etc.)

Candidates should hold a first class honours degree in Mechanical/Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering or similar discipline.

Familiarity with modelling in Matlab/Simulink and experience in experimental work involving real-time control systems (e.g National Instruments, dSPACE) would be beneficial.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidate only.

Funding Notes

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009.

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

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