PhD Studentship: Advanced Nozzle Aerodynamics and Aircraft Integration

Cranfield University - Propulsion Engineering Centre

Application Deadline: ASAP

Start Date: ASAP

Duration of award: 3 years

Supervisors: Dr. David MacManus

In collaboration with UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. This studentship will provide a bursary of approximately £13,750 per annum (tax free), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years.

The integration of a propulsion system with an airframe is a vital step in the development of any air vehicle. This is a key element which requires fundamental understanding of the aerodynamics as well as the ability to guide assessments at a preliminary design stage.

For many future aircraft systems the design and performance of the aero-engine nozzle has an impact on the overall system performance and is notably influenced by the airframe design. The proposed research will focus on the aerodynamic characteristics, performance and novel design of advanced aero-engine nozzles. The aim of the work is to improve the understanding of unconventional nozzle aerodynamics and to establish design and performance guidelines with consideration for integration with the airframe. The main work will be undertaken using a range of computational aerodynamic methods.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as mathematics, or engineering. An aerospace background would be a distinct advantage as would experience of computational aerodynamics, aero-engine modelling and programming. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders and with an interest for industrial research.

Funding:

This studentship is for UK/EU applicants only

How to apply:

For further information please contact Dr. MacManus by email for an informal discussion if required. Please include the keyword INST16D in the subject field.

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

Centre: Propulsion Engineering Centre

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