This PhD studentship is now available in the Propulsion Engineering Centre at Cranfield University, in the field of aero-engine installation performance and aerodynamics. Read more Read less

The overall aim of the project is to facilitate the multi-objective optimisation of short and slim engine nacelle design for the next generation of ultra-high bypass ratio (UHBR) aero engines. UHBR engine architectures offer increased propulsive efficiency through operation at reduced specific thrust, enabled by increased engine diameter. This poses special challenges, both in terms of the aerodynamic drag of the isolated nacelle and the potential for interference effects which may be imposed by a close-coupled installation on the aircraft wing. Overall the project encompasses nacelle optimisation and design as well as experimental validation based on the new designs.

At a glance

  • Application deadline22 Apr 2019
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start date03 Jun 2019
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU
  • Reference numberSATM0104

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 computational aerodynamics, aero-engine modelling, programming and optimisation.


Studentships will be paid a tax-free stipend of approximately £15,000 p.a. for 3 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

About the sponsor

The project is sponsored by the EU CleanSky Project and the work will be in collaboration with Rolls-Royce and the UK Aircraft Research Association.

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, identify opportunities for collaboration and create smaller communities of practice.  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

Please send a CV and the names and addresses of two referees to Dr. David G. MacManus. You can also contact Dr. MacManus by email for an informal discussion if required. Please include the keyword INST18A in the subject field.

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

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