Integrated Design for Zero CO2 Emission Propulsion Systems for Future Aircraft Applications PhD

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Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND

Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentship in hybrid electric propulsion systems design and optimization within the Propulsion Engineering and Thermal Power Centre at Cranfield University. The research is part of the EU Clean Aviation Project HEAVEN, led by Rolls-Royce, where 20 partners from all over Europe will develop technologies for reducing the environmental impact of aviation.

Climate-neutral aviation will require the use of alternative fuels such as green hydrogen and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) combined with the power density of an ultra-efficient gas turbine engine for the Small and Medium Range (SMR) market which corresponds to approximately 50% of the current share of air transport emissions.

Clean Aviation’s Strategic Research Innovation Agenda (SRIA) considers the efficiency improvement of the gas turbine architecture, combined with the use of Hydrogen or 100% SAF net zero carbon fuel as the main route to achieve its ambition of 30% greenhouse gases reduction by 2035.

HEAVEN is a consortium of 20 partners led by Rolls-Royce and including Cranfield University aiming to develop technologies for achieving these ambitious targets in the frame of Clean Aviation initiative.

Serving this ambition, this research aims to develop novel multi-disciplinary design threads for providing highly efficient designs of hydrogen fuelled propulsion systems integrated with thermal management and other aircraft systems. For this, novel methods for system of systems design will be developed providing suitable technology solutions for highly integrated systems for Ultra High Bypass ratio engines for the SMR market.

The successful candidate will participate in consortium & Clean Aviation events and workshops, present in high impact conferences, and liaise with the relevant partners. Training on tools used by aerospace industry will be provided along with training through Cranfield University Doctoral Researchers Core Development.

At a glance
  • Application deadline19 Apr 2023
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start date06 Jun 2023
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU, US, Rest of World
  • Reference numberSATM362

Entry requirements

We are seeking a talented graduate, having (or be expected to obtain) MSc or equivalent in Mechanical, Electrical or Aerospace Engineering. Good mathematical background and experience with programming would be desirable.


This studentship is open to both UK and international applications.

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.

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