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CFD of atmospheric re-entry

Project Description

The Faculties of Science and Engineering are jointly developing a space systems programme at The University of Auckland. This cross-disciplinary effort has brought together engineers and scientists interested in growing New Zealand’s expertise in space mission design, satellite construction and space science.

This project will investigate atmospheric re-entry physics. This will be used to drive research into developing novel heat shielding materials for returning payloads from small satellites. The work will involve both simulation and experimental measurements. The ideal student will have a background in CFD, fluid dynamics, theoretical and applied physics or space engineering. The candidate will need to use or develop skills in CFD theory and simulation to address this research goal. Previous experience in developing space hardware is not required but it is preferred.

The PhD candidate may be enrolled under the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering, as appropriate to the candidate’s interests and background.

For further information, contact:

Dr John Cater (Engineering) (
Dr Nicholas Rattenbury (Physics) (

Funding Notes

This is a fully funded PhD position. A three-year stipend of NZD 27,500 is available, plus three years' fees.

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