The integration of a propulsion system with an airframe is a vital step in the development of any air vehicle. This is a key element which requires fundamental understanding of the aerodynamics as well as the ability to guide assessments at a preliminary design stage. Read more Read less

For many future aircraft systems the design and performance of the aero-engine nozzle has an impact on the overall system performance and is notably influenced by the airframe design. The proposed research will focus on the aerodynamic characteristics, performance and novel design of advanced aero-engine nozzles. The aim of the work is to improve the understanding of unconventional nozzle aerodynamics and to establish design and performance guidelines with consideration for integration with the airframe. The main work will be undertaken using a range of computational aerodynamic methods.

At a glance

  • Application deadlineOngoing
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start dateAs soon as possible
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU
  • Reference numberINST16D

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as mathematics, or engineering. An aerospace background would be a distinct advantage as would experience of computational aerodynamics, aero-engine modelling and programming. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders and with an interest for industrial research.


In collaboration with UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. This studentship will provide a bursary of approximately £13,750 per annum (tax free), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years.

This studentship is for UK/EU applicants only.

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

For further information please contact Dr. MacManus by email for an informal discussion if required. Please include the keyword INST16D in the subject field.

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

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