Aero-engine intake Aerodynamic Design and Optimisation PhD

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Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND

With the continuing need for new air vehicle systems with aero-engines there is a need to the closer integration of the propulsion system and the airframe. With the timely development of new measurement methods, computational tools and optimisation systems it is envisaged that this design challenge can be addressed. The overall aim of the PhD project is to develop, validate and transfer to the sponsor an aerodynamic design and optimisation methodology for complex aero engine intakes. The research will encompass both computational and experimental elements. The project is in collaboration with the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and is fully funded for fees and bursary. Read moreRead less

The integration of an aero-engine with the aircraft poses several aerodynamic challenges with respect to intake design. This applies to current podded type configurations as well as to more embedded installation configurations. Current research at Cranfield University is developing methods for the design, optimisation and analysis of a wide range of intake configurations. In addition, novel experimental methods have been applied to the evaluation of the unsteady distorted flow fields for complex intakes.

The aim of the research is to develop and validate a design and optimisation methodology for complex aero engine intakes. The research will include the calculation and state of the art measurements of the complex, unsteady flow distortion which are at the heart of this intake design challenge. As part of the work a range of optimisation methods will be investigated and a tool will be developed and applied to a specific intake configuration. The software will be configured to work with a range of CFD flow solvers. The project will contribute to the solution of a long-standing engineering challenge, whilst at the same time providing the investigator with an exceptional development opportunity through their engagement with DSTL. The research will encompass both computational and experimental aspects.

Part of the research will include a placement at DSTL for up to 3 months working with specialists to gain a broader appreciation of the range of applicability of the research.

The student will be based within the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. Cranfield operates a substantial Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (DRCD) for its research students. This programme is based on the Researcher Development Framework which is the national professional development framework for supporting researchers not just during the PhD but also throughout their career. This system provides a generic structured training programme which is constructed to support the researcher as the PhD progresses with specific courses aimed at the different phases of a PhD. For example, the programme includes aspects such as research methods, technical report writing, presenting research, data management, leadership skills, professional development planning, intellectual property, publishing, etc.

Cranfield is a wholly postgraduate university and there are a wide range of MSc and Professional Development Short Courses throughout the year. These mainly focus on technical topics and a specific training programme will be agreed with the PhD student.

At a glance
  • Application deadline30 Aug 2022
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award3.5 years
  • EligibilityUK
  • Reference numberSATM287

Entry requirements
Applicants for the post must have a first-class or upper second-class degree in engineering or a related area. An aerospace background would be a distinct advantage as would experience of Python coding, computational aerodynamics, and experimental aerodynamics.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK national. Applicants must also clear administrative checks from the sponsor.

About the sponsor

This studentship is sponsored by EPSRC and  UK DSTL ICASE. Stipend £17,109 per annum (tax free) plus UK tuition fees.

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:

Prof David MacManus
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 4735

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

Although there is a nominal closing date of 30 June 2022, the post will be filled as soon as possible for a suitable candidate.

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