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PhD Studentship in Aircraft Engine Aeroelasticity

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

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  Dr S Stapelfeldt  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Turbomachinery Aeroelasticity, leading to the award of a PhD degree. 

The research involves the investigation of stall flutter of modern low-speed fan blades. Stall flutter is an aeroelastic instability which occurs when the fan is operating off-design and flow over the blade is partially separated. It leads to high vibration amplitudes and in the worst case, blade failure. The work will investigate this instability using computational fluid dynamics. It will largely rely on the application of an in-house CFD solver to simulate flutter and determine driving factors. Development of customised data processing tools, and potentially modification of the in-house solver, will be required. The research is performed in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc and includes an industrial placement.   

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 1st class honours degree in mechanical engineering or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. An interest in aerodynamics is essential and programming skills are advantageous. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

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For further details of the post contact Dr Sina Stapelfeldt, +44 (0)20 7594 7076. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Sina Stapelfeldt. 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 bursary and fees (at the UK student rate) provided by the EPSRC. EPSRC candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award.
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