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Vibrations of plates in Axial Flows: Effects of Pre-Stress or Pre-Deformation

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    Dr F Nadal
    Dr A Spencer
    Prof C Eloy
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
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Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: WS28
Start date of studentship: 1 January 2020
Closing date of advert: 16 September 2019
Interview date: TBC

Primary supervisor: Francois Nadal
Secondary supervisor (UK): Adrian Spencer
Secondary supervisor (France): Christophe Eloy

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Full Project Details

An elastic structure can start vibrating when the speed of the flow in which it is placed exceeds a certain threshold: this phenomenon is called flow-induced vibrations. These vibrations can be harmful (fluttering of an aircraft wing) or useful (energy harvesting). The canonical well known configuration is that of a clamped-free elastic plate placed in an axial flow. However, no one knows how the instability of such a plate is modified when one departs from this ideal configuration: for instance, if both ends are clamped and if the structure is pre-deformed. In such a case the fluid-structure interaction can be difficult to model due to geometric nonlinearities and flow detachment.

The objectives of this thesis are: (i) to characterize the instability induced by the incoming flow on a pre-deformed plate, using a classical approach combining experimental and theoretical studies; (ii) to control this response by modulating the mechanical or geometric parameters along the plate. This topic has many possible applications in the fields of Automotive and Aeronautics (mechanical noise in vibration, fatigue…), and Energy Engineering (energy harvesting from winds).

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics or Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Applied Mathematics, Theoretical and Experimental Fluid Dynamics, Colloids and Interface Science.

Successful students will be notified by 30 September 2019.

Contact details:
Name: Dr Francois Nadal
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227 057

Name: Dr Adrian Spencer
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227 254

Name: Prof. Christophe Eloy
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +33 4 13 55 20 49

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’

Please quote reference number: WS28

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 per year). Whilst we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available.

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