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LITECS (Laser Imaging of Turbine Engine Combustion Species)


Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

, Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

New understanding, of the adverse impact of aviation and other emissions on the global environment and local air quality, has enhanced the pressure to reduce emissions. To remain competitive, industries must meet rapidly evolving and increasingly stringent emissions targets and have committed to drastic emissions reduction by 2050.

The research undertaken by the Manchester team forms part of the pioneering £8M LITECS (Laser Imaging of Turbine Engine Combustion Species) Programme, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of gas turbine engines (GTEs). The Programme, funded by EPSRC UK, involves six world-leading UK Universities and is backed by industry partners Rolls-Royce, Siemens, OptoSci, M Squared Lasers and Tracerco. Building on the success of earlier projects with substantial Manchester involvement - FLITES and CIDAR - funded by EPSRC and the European Commission, respectively, the current LITECS project aims to establish several new non-intrusive multi-beam laser measurement systems for simultaneous imaging of the concentration of multiple gases, soot and temperature in the exhausts and combustion zones of GTEs. The resulting measurement data will be used to develop new understanding of the combustion and emissions generation processes and apply it to advancing our strategies for emissions reduction. Measurements will be made for a range of engine conditions and new fuels, enabling for the first time, direct experimental evaluation of new fuel types and their potential to achieve reduced emissions.

The PhD researcher will be embedded into the LITECS research consortium between the University of Manchester and its LITECS partners. They will be expected to engage with the wider project consortium, with the aim of publishing interdisciplinary research in peer reviewed literature.

Applicants must have a good (minimum 2i) degree in electronic engineering, physics, or a related field.

Any of the following would be advantageous:
• Lab experience and a willingness to engage in experimental verification of any generated computational models.
• Proficiency in computational modelling, ideally of turbulence.
• Experience designing systems for an end user, including developing user interfaces.
• Experience with combustion sources, and the combustion process.
• Familiarity with lasers and optics, ideally in Laser-Induced Incandescence (LII), Tunable-Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS), or other laser spectrometry.

Funding Notes

This is a fully funded DTP studentship (fees and stipend), subject to EPSRC requirements, available for 3.5 years. For eligibility see: View Website.

Due to funding restrictions, the full studentship is only available to students from the UK or EU who have been normally resident in the UK for at least 3 years.

To apply, please email a covering letter, full Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of at least two academic referees to the admissions team at .

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