The project will investigate advanced aircraft-engine integration technologies for open ducted fan engines as a means to improve aircraft performance.

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A key enabling technology for such configurations is the introduction of a number of electrically driven prop-fans as the main propulsion system which are installed in a fully- or semi-embedded manner on the aircraft’s fuselage. Although such technologies were found able to introduce potential benefits, a key challenge is in understanding if a net benefit to overall aircraft performance can be achieved given the increased complexity of fan design required for these benefits to be realised.

The aim of the project is to develop a robust methodology to assess the impact of the prop-fan design and installation on the design and performance of a modern aircraft wing for hybrid-electric applications. The work will encompass 3D computational fluid dynamic studies as well as the development of reduced order models to assess the aerodynamic impact of the prop-fan configuration on the system’s design and performance. The overall aim will be to incorporate aerodynamic and propulsion models into an aircraft performance tool and make an assessment of the potential benefits of the developed closely-coupled integration approach.

At a glance

  • Application deadline31 Mar 2020
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start date08 Jun 2020
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU
  • Reference numberSATM142


Dr Pavlos Zachos

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 on CFD methods in fluid mechanics systems.


A tax-free studentship will be paid to include EU/UK level fees as well as a stipend, which will depend on experience

About the sponsor

Sponsored by Cranfield University and partners – Studentship will provide a bursary of up to £16,500 (tax free) plus tuition fees for 3 years.

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 and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. 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 for an informal discussion, please contact:      
Name: Dr Pavlos Zachos
(0) 1234 750111 Ext: 4633

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