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Industrially funded PhD in Computational and Experimental Thermofluids

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for PhD studentships to conduct Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and experimental research on two-phase flows in rotating machines, with a focus on highly loaded contacts.

The successful candidate will join the University of Nottingham’s Gas Turbines and Transmissions Research Centre (G2TRC) which works on a range of projects, the majority of which are for the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Gas Turbine Transmission Systems. The G2TRC comprises a team of around 50 researchers, academics, engineers, technicians and administrators. This well-established research group has taken part in a number of EU and TSB/IUK funded research programs.

The G2TRC is conducting exciting and world leading research, supporting the formulation of two-phase flow strategies for aero-engine transmission systems, gear boxes, engine core and accessories. We will be developing multi-scale CFD simulations of lubricated contact zones between rotating surfaces which will be informed by an experimental campaign. The successful candidate will utilise and develop a range of two phase CFD models coupled with TEHL (Thermal Elastic-Hydrodynamic Lubrication) and/or experimental techniques, including advanced optical methods to make measurements in a new test facility. The successful candidate will be working closely alongside academics and post-doctoral researchers on this project.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for PhD research at the University of Nottingham. Ideally you will have a 1st class or good 2:1 honours degree in a relevant engineering or related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. A keen interest in multiphase flow applications and CFD or experimental techniques is essential. Good team-working, flexibility and communication skills are all essential skills for the successful candidates.

Due to the nature of this post, all offers of a studentship will be subject to the appropriate level of security clearance and an independent verification of unspent convictions obtained by means of a Basic Disclosure Certificate obtained from Disclosure Scotland, or an overseas police check.

Funding Notes

The PhD studentship will cover fees and stipend of £16,800 p.a. for 3.5 years. Due to funding restrictions this studentship is only available to UK and EU citizens. Candidates should be able to start on 1st October 2019.

Informal enquiries and applications (with a CV, a brief statement of your research interests, and the names and email addresses of two referees) should be sent to:
Dr Stephen Ambrose:


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