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Experimental Measurements of Gas Turbine Stator Well Flow and Heat Transfer

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  • Full or part time
    Dr James Scobie
    Prof G Lock
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Project team: Dr James Scobie & Prof Gary Lock

Information queries: Dr James Scobie ([Email Address Removed])

Industrial gas turbines are the most fuel-efficient electrical power generation machines in the world. The latest generation of engines have reached combined-cycle thermodynamic efficiencies in excess of 60%. Secondary-air (cooling) systems have a fundamental role in determining this efficiency, as well as the operating lifetime and integrity of turbine components.

To increase the power output and efficiency - and consequently to reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 production - of gas turbines, it is fundamentally necessary to increase the temperature of the gas entering the turbine. This presents a challenge for designers: the higher the temperature, the larger the demand from cooling systems with an increasing detrimental effect on the engine efficiency and operating life of highly-stressed rotating components.

This research will investigate the complex flow and heat transfer occurring in gas turbines, aiming to improve current design methods and understanding in industry. The programme will build an experimental facility which simulates engine-representative conditions, with modular geometric features to explicitly assess design criteria and with the capability to measure heat transfer over a range of conditions. The research will focus on a turbine stator-well configuration and address the question of how heat-transfer and fluid-dynamic information can be translated into state-of-the-art, practical thermo-mechanical modelling design tools in industry.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with Siemens, who design and manufacture industrial gas turbines for the generation of electricity, and the Thermo-Fluids Systems University Technology Centre (TFSUTC) at the University of Surrey, who are world-renowned experts in computational research.

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Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or non-UK equivalent). English language entry requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding, see

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

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Anticipated start date: 28 September 2020 or earlier.

Funding Notes

Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate) and training support fee of £1,000 per annum for up to 3 years. EU students are eligible to apply if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing.

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