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PhD Studentship in Aeroengine Blade Tip Timing

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

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  Dr C Schwingshackl  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applicants are invited for a research studentship in the field of machine dynamics, leading to the award of a PhD degree. 

Ensuring the integrity of aeroengines is of highest importance to provide reliable and safe flight operation. In-service engine shutdowns can often be related to vibrational problems and consequently a large amount of research is being conducted in this field to ensure safe operation. The Dynamics group at Imperial, with its Rolls-Royce Vibration University Technology Centre, has been a leader in this field for many years.

The  complicated dynamic behaviour of turbomachinery blades, undergoing high speed rotation in an   extreme operating environment, can present a significant challenge to the accurate interpretation of measured responses. Blade Tip Timing (BTT) is one of the critical technologies used to measure blade vibration in turbomachinery. Thanks to its non-intrusive nature, it allows measurement of every blade as they pass a set of sensors. Many different approaches have already been developed to acquire and process BTT data, but in practice significant challenges remain with reliable data interpretation from a running engine due to the complex nature of the observed vibration problems.

The aim of this project is to develop data processing techniques that will help to overcome some of the current challenges in BTT data analysis. The research carried out will be in close collaboration with the Experimental Methods group at Rolls-Royce Plc., with the industrial applicability of the developed technology being critical.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a first-class honours degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Computing, Mathematics, or related subjects, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. A strong interest in mathematics and data analysis is required for this research project. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

The post is supported by a tax-free bursary and full coverage of fees (at the UK student rate only). The studentship is for three and a half years.

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For further details of the post contact Dr. Christoph Schwingshackl ([Email Address Removed]). Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr. Schwingshackl. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

Funding Notes

The post is supported by a full bursary and fees (at the UK student rate). The successful candidate will work with Dr Christoph Schwingshackl and collaborate with engineers from Rolls-Royce plc. The studentship is for three and a half years.
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