PhD studentship: Aero Engine Fan Aerodynamics for Boundary Layer Ingestion Systems

Cranfield University

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Propulsion Engineering Centre, Cranfield University, in the field of civil aero-engine fan aerodynamics and aeroelasticity. The research is in collaboration with AIRBUS UK.

The project will investigate ‘Boundary Layer Ingestion’ BLI technology as a means to improve aircraft performance. A key enabling technology for such configurations is the introduction of a number of electrically driven fans as the main propulsion system which are installed in a fully- or semi-embedded manner on the aircraft’s fuselage. Although BLI technologies have 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 flow distortions arising from embedded engine installation on the design and performance an electric fan configuration. The work will encompass 3D computational fluid dynamic studies as well as the development of reduced order models to assess the aerodynamic impact of BLI driven flow distortion on the fan 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 BLI on future aircraft performance.

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 and/or FEM methods in fluid mechanics systems.

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

Application deadline: 29th September 2017

Start date: ASAP

Supervisor: Dr Pavlos Zachos

Tel: +44 0 1234 75 46 33

How to apply
For further information please contact Dr Pavlos Zachos

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

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