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  High-speed propulsion system aerodynamics 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.

Supersonic flight is currently being revisited after the retirement of Concorde in 2003 as an alternative type of travel which, thanks to novel technologies, will become available to all rather than a small part of the passengers’ population. In order for these novel aircraft configurations to become available, a significant amount of work needs to be performed linked to the aerodynamic integration of the propulsion system to the airframe. In particular, the work will focus on characterising dynamic inlet flow distortions and the impact that these can have on propulsion system operability, due to their complex spatial nature and notable temporal unsteadiness.

The experimental or numerical characterisation of these complex aerodynamics with high spatial and temporal resolution is feasible via the application of either non-intrusive optical methods or higher order CFD calculations. The research group at Cranfield has a proven track record of world-class research on both fronts. This doctoral activity aims to address engine compatibility challenges in modern high-speed aero vehicles by using state of the art flow characterisation technologies to visualise and quantify the unsteady flow characteristics at the interface between the airframe and the aero-engine.

The project is fully funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) which is s an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing world class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and allies.

The ultimate goal of the work is to introduce broader design methods for inlet flow distortion characterisation, fan design and integration within a high-speed 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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Funding Notes

A tax-free studentship will be paid to cover UK level fees and a stipend up to £18,000pa.

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