Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Propulsion Engineering Centre, Cranfield University, in the field of aero-engine installation performance and aerodynamics. Read more Read 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. 

Advanced podded intake aerodynamics with Rolls-Royce:

The overall aim of the PhD research is to develop tools, experience and design guidance in the design of future aero-engine intakes in association with fan systems for future ultra-high bypass engine configurations. The main activities are expected to include design studies, novel parameterisation approaches, intake aerodynamic assessments and the investigation of methods to reduce the computational requirements for the aero-line optimization such as through response surface methods, reduced geometric parameterization or multi-fidelity approaches.

At a glance

  • Application deadlineOngoing
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK
  • Reference numberSATM 50

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 and programming.

Also, the candidate is expected to:

  • Have excellent analytical, reporting and communication skills
  • Be self-motivated, independent and team player
  • Be genuine enthusiasm for the subject and technology
  • Have the willing to publish research findings in international journals

Funding

Studentships will be paid a tax-free stipend of approximately £14,500 p.a. for 3-4 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. UK applicants only.

About the sponsor

The projects are sponsored separately by Rolls-Royce and UK 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, 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.

For further information contact us today:
T: 44 (0)1234 758540
E: study@cranfield.ac.uk