Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Propulsion Engineering Centre, Cranfield University, in the field of aero-engine installation performance and aerodynamics. Position to be filled as soon as possible. Read more Read less

To deliver the required efficiency gain for the next generation of aircraft engine powerplants there is a need to develop the tools and know-how to allow aerodynamic integration, at a system-level, of the nacelle, LP system, and installation design space for the next generation of airframes. In the development of future aircraft propulsion systems it is expected that the design and performance of the intake, nacelle and exhaust systems will become more important. 

A particular area of interest is in the ability to understand the aerodynamic design space and requirements for these components and how more rapid, yet flexible, methods can be used. Previous research at Cranfield University has investigated some of these aspects at varying levels of fidelity. For example, preliminary assessments of the effect of engine position have quantified the potential impact on thrust, drag and net propulsive force for the combined system. 

Methods to design and analyse pylons as well as non-axisymmetric exhaust systems have also been developed. Initial assessments of these non-axisymmetric configurations on the installation thrust and drag have been conducted. In addition, ongoing related work has developed design and analysis tools for intake and nacelles and there is an opportunity to further exploit these methods to address aspects of engine installations. The overall aim of the research is to improve the design and aerodynamics understanding in the area of the integration of VHBR aero-engines for future airframes. The research will focus on the exhaust system aerodynamics and performance as well as on the impact at a mission level.

Position to be filled as soon as possible.

At a glance

  • Application deadline31 May 2018
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start dateAs soon as possible
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityEU
  • Reference numberSATM46

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. 

UK/EU applicants only.


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

UK/EU applicants only.

About the sponsor

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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 INST17D in the subject field.

Dr. David G. MacManus
Propulsion Engineering Centre
Cranfield University
Bedford, MK43 0AL, UK.

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

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