Innovative Quiet Aerofoils: Exploring Metamaterial Solutions for Future Aviation

   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

   Saturday, August 31, 2024  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Supervisory Team:   Chaitanya Paruchuri and Phillip Joseph

Project description

Aerofoil noise originates from two primary mechanisms: the unsteadiness of flow within the boundary layer of an aerofoil interacting with the downstream trailing edge, and turbulence in the upstream incoming flow interacting with the leading edge of the aerofoil. Over the past two decades, our team has been actively engaged in the development of various aerofoil geometries, focusing on both leading and trailing edges, with the goal of minimizing aerofoil noise. This effort has resulted in the filing of nearly 10 patents and the publication of numerous papers aimed at comprehending the mechanisms behind these innovative aerofoils. Some of these advancements are currently integrated into industrial fans, wind turbines, and various aerospace applications. Despite these achievements, there is an ongoing pursuit of pioneering technologies that do not compromise aerodynamic performance.

This Ph.D. project aims to delve into the realm of metamaterials, exploring concepts to further mitigate aerofoil noise. Metamaterials, characterized by their unique properties, present an intriguing avenue for noise reduction in aerofoil applications. Through this research, we seek to advance the understanding and application of metamaterials, pushing the boundaries of technology to enhance aerofoil performance while addressing the critical issue of noise reduction.

Research Environment:

The Acoustics group at ISVR is a globally recognized centre for the study of sound and vibration. By joining our motivated team, you'll collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds, including PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. We foster a culture of inclusivity and aim to tackle challenging problems, offering you the chance to develop new skills and expertise in a supportive and collaborative environment. ISVR serves as the esteemed host for the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, and as a member of this distinguished group, you will have the invaluable opportunity to gain insights into practical challenges. This unique affiliation provides a harmonious blend of fundamental and applied research.


·        Degree in Engineering.

·        Interest and some experience in experimental work or analytical method development.

·        Strong foundation in mathematics and computing (MATLAB, PYTHON, etc.) for data analysis.


·        Unique opportunity to work on a transformative technology with real-world impact.

·        Collaboration with a diverse and inclusive research team.

·        Access to state-of-the-art facilities for experimental facilities.

·        International travel opportunities to present your work at conferences and establish global collaborations.

Application Deadline:

This position is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We strongly encourage applications from EU and UK students, given funding restrictions.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: 31 August 2024.

Funding: Funding for tuition fees and a living stipend are available on a competitive basis. Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best opportunity to be considered.

How To Apply

Apply online: Search for a Postgraduate Programme of Study ( Select programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Chaitanya Paruchuri

Applications should include:

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

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