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Integrated Fan Noise - applying Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Methods in order to assess Analytical Methods

  • Full or part time
    Dr A Filippone
    Dr A Harwood
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Engine fans are a key component of modern gas turbine engines. Increasing by‐pass ratios have led to large diameters, complex blade geometries, deep inlets and greatly integrated systems. These systems include casings, stator vanes, acoustic liners, external deflectors. Although this project deals specifically with engine fans, some of the flow and aero‐acoustic features are shared by other fans, including industrial installations.

Our aims are:
1. To carry out a full review of engine fan aerodynamic/aero‐acoustics, in isolation and installed form.
2. To develop suitable models for the prediction of the aerodynamics and aero‐acoustics of isolated fans, encased fans, and fans encased into a deep lined duct, with and without stator vanes.
3. To validate the computational models with experimental data, or where experimental data are not available, to provide a rational method for model validation.
4. To provide analytical methods that can be integrated with flight mechanics calculations or as design tools.
5. To provide practical conclusions regarding the aero‐acoustics and possibly a code‐of‐practice.

It is not envisioned to use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as the main tool, although it is expected that the prospective student understands the methods of CFD and will become capable of applying these methods to partial configurations in order to assess analytical methods.

Skills required: Aerodynamics, Basic Acoustics, CFD, Numerical Methods, Computer Programming, Intedisciplinary skills

Funding Notes

Information about our PhD programmes and standard fees is available here: View Website

General enquiries relating to the postgraduate application process within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering should be directed to: Martin Lockey - Senior PG Recruitment & Admissions Administrator (E-mail , Tel: +44(0)161 275 4345)



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