About the Project
Start date and duration:
September 2020 / January 2021 for up to 3.5 years.
A funded PhD studentship is available in the Marine Offshore and Subsea Technology Group within the School of Engineering at Newcastle University.
This project aims to characterise the potential hydro-acoustic benefits of a novel ship propeller-rudder system through numerical methods and extensive experimental research in a large-scale cavitation tunnel.
This research complements a wider effort at Newcastle University, within a consortium of 17 industry partners and funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, to develop and prove the application of a novel Energy Saving and Manoeuvring Device (ESMD) for ships, which is known as the Gate Rudder System. This has already been shown to make a significant impact on the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions from ships, especially in coastal regions. The technology could be a revolutionary step in the next generation of ship propulsion systems.
A significant unknown is the underwater acoustics radiation from this device, which could be much lower than conventional systems and is important for improving the environmental impact of ships. The PhD project will contribute new understanding into modelling and predicting this effect for the gate rudder and more widely for ship propulsion systems in general.
Further details can be found at http://research.ncl.ac.uk/marinepropulsion/
The applicant will be trained to a high technological standard and possess skills essential for the growth of the UK economy. In particular, the applicant will develop high technical proficiency in experimental fluid dynamics including cavitation tunnel experiments, hydro-acoustic measurement, computer programming, control and instrumentation.
The Sasaki Fund
Name of supervisor(s):
Dr Simon Benson (https://bit.ly/3iyZMwB), Dr Serkan Turkmen (https://bit.ly/3gNzLZU), Professor Pengfei Liu (https://bit.ly/3fJdyuN)
The applicant is expected to have a 1st class honours degree in naval architecture, marine engineering, mechanical engineering, acoustical engineering, physics, mathematics or a related subject, with a strong background in fluid dynamics. It would be highly desirable for the applicant to have a sound understanding of experimental hydrodynamics and/or acoustics and have relevant experience of collecting and analysing experimental data.
This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.
If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).
How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (https://bit.ly/3iGZ8gH).
You will need to:
• insert the programme code 8070F in the programme of study section
• select ‘PhD Marine Technology (FT) – Marine Technology (Engineering)’ as the programme of study
• insert the studentship code ENG075 in the studentship/partnership reference field
• attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG075 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
• attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
For further information please email Dr Simon Benson (https://bit.ly/3iyZMwB) [Email Address Removed]
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