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. 

Complex intake aerodynamic design and optimisation with DSTL:

To develop and validate a design and optimisation methodology for complex aero engine intakes. The research will include the calculation and state of the art measurements of the complex, unsteady flow distortion which are at the heart of this intake design challenge. As part of the work a range of optimisation methods will be investigated and a tool will be developed and applied to a specific intake configuration. The software will be configured to work with a range of CFD flow solvers. The project will contribute to the solution of a long-standing engineering challenge, whilst at the same time providing the investigator with an exceptional development opportunity through their engagement with Dstl.

At a glance

  • Application deadline30 Sep 2018
  • 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


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. If a suitable candidate is found before 30th September then applications will be closed.

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