Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Centre for Propulsion Engineering, Cranfield University, in the field of aero-engine installation performance and aerodynamics. The research is in collaboration with the Airbus Group, UK. Read more Read less

The project shall investigate ‘Boundary Layer Ingestion’ (BLI) technology as a means to improve aircraft performance.  Although BLI technologies have potential benefit, a key challenge is in understanding if a net benefit to overall aircraft performance can be achieved given the increased complexity of the overall aircraft system and the additional advances in key enabling technologies required if this benefit is to be realised. The viability of such an approach also strongly depends on the integration of the propulsion systems with the airframe. The focus of this project will be to address the key aerodynamic and propulsion aspects of BLI in the context of the overall aircraft operation.

The aim of the project is to develop a robust methodology to assess the potential benefits of BLI technology at the aircraft concept phase.  Principally this will involve developing the appropriate models to represent the impact of BLI on aircraft performance.

The work will encompass 3D computational fluid dynamic studies as well as the development of reduced order models to assess the aerodynamic impact of BLI flow distortion on the propulsion system. The overall aim will be to incorporate aerodynamic and propulsion models into an aircraft performance tool and make an assessment of the potential benefit of BLI on future aircraft performance.

At a glance

  • Application deadlineOngoing
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU
  • Reference numberCRAN1108


Dr David MacManus

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.


Studentships will be paid a tax-free stipend of approximately £14,300 p.a. for 3 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

About the sponsor

Airbus Group, UK

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  or an informal discussion please contact Dr. David G. MacManus by email:

Please include the keyword INST16B in the subject field.

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

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