Advanced experimental methods in propulsion aerodynamics PhD

Updated: 4 days ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentship in the area of experimental aerodynamics within the Propulsion Engineering Centre at Cranfield University.

Novel aircraft architectures require a much closer coupling between the engine and the airframe. To achieve this, detailed knowledge on the aerodynamic interactions between fans and air induction systems is needed. Measuring these complex aerodynamics with high spatial and temporal resolution is feasible via for example the application on non-intrusive optical methods but the application of such techniques is hindered by the instrumentation integration requirements and more importantly by the complexity of the measurement domain. This doctoral activity aims to address these challenges by using state of the arm flow measurement technologies to visualise and quantify the unsteady flow characteristics at the interface between the airframe and the aero-engine. The aim of the work will be to provide novel measurement techniques which will subsequently be used for industrial testing as part of engine development and certification programmes.

The outcomes of the work will have an inherent impact on current engine development programmes and will provide notable advancements in our current knowledge about aero-engine design and integration.

At a glance
  • Application deadline28 Feb 2023
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start date05 Jun 2023
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK
  • Reference numberSATM340


1st Supervisor: Dr Pavlos Zachos

1st Supervisor: Professor David MacManus

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in mechanical or aerospace engineering or related area. Knowledge of compressible flow aerodynamics would be a distinct advantage.

About the sponsor

Sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network.  This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

For further information please contact:
Name: Dr Pavlos Zachos

If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form.

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