Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Condition Monitoring - PhD Studentship
Cranfield University - Manufacturing
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||£20,000 p.a.|
|Placed on:||26th September 2016|
|Closes:||25th November 2016|
Start Date: ASAP
Eligibility: UK, EU
Duration of award: 3 years
Supervisors: Professor Ian Jennions, Dr Manuel Esperon Miguez
Sponsored by The Boeing Company this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £20,000 p.a. (tax free) plus fees* for three years for the right candidate.
The Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) is one of the main drivers for unscheduled maintenance in both civil and military aircraft. The APU is a complex system comprised of the gas turbine, gearbox, generator, and attached accessories including pumps, air control valves, starters, ignition, door actuators, etc. The limited number of sensors on a modern APU provides little information about its condition, which makes it difficult to detect and isolate faults suffered by the individual components. This is compounded by the APU being a combination of a number of different sub-subsystems, and the desire to locate which specific component might be in need of attention.
The objectives of the PhD are given by:
- Identify the APU failure / schedule interrupt drivers, by accessing airline repair data and literature review.
- Assess the current state of automated detection, isolation and prediction (on- and off-board).
- Review assessment and identified targeted components with Boeing and their customers.
- Utilise existing AHM data, along with physics and domain knowledge, to produce models (simulation) of an APU. These may be physical as well as functional.
- Identify monitors / sensors needed to fill coverage gaps.
- Create diagnostic and prognostic approaches for primary failures.
- Implement approach on Cranfield’s 737-400, using wireless data collection, evaluate performance.
- Validate the model and health management approach.
As a part of working in this industrially sponsored project, the student will work in close collaboration with Boeing. He/she will need to present their research findings regularly to the project team.
Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as engineering. The ideal candidate should have some understanding of the areas of engineering analysis (stress, fluids, thermal, etc), a broad interest in aerospace and a desire to work on industrial problems. The candidate should be self-motivated, and have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders.
* To be eligible for this funding you must be a UK or EU national.
How to apply:
For further information please contact: Dr Manuel Esperon Miguez, E: email@example.com, T: (0) 1234 754057
If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form
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