PhD Studentship - Gas Turbine Gas Path Diagnostics

Cranfield University - Centre for Propulsion Engineering

Start Date: As soon as possible 

Eligibility: UK, EU, International

Duration of award: 3 years

Supervisors: Dr Yiguang Li – Senior Lecturer

Sponsored by Cranfield University, the studentship will provide partial funding for the candidate for three years

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Centre for Propulsion Engineering, Cranfield University, in the area of gas turbine gas path diagnostics.

Cranfield has developed a unique methodology and software to analyze the health of gas path components of gas turbine engines. The research in this area at Cranfield will be a good starting point for the PhD project. The objective of the proposed research is to further develop the methodology in the area of gas path diagnostics and apply the technology to the health monitoring of an aero gas turbine or an industrial gas turbine. The critical components for the diagnostic analysis will be key gas path components of an engine, i.e. the compressors, the combustor and the turbines.

The focus of this project may be the development of novel gas path diagnostic methods, data management for diagnostics, or online applications of the technology. This is to support the operation and maintenance of gas turbine engines with the objective to improve the availability and reduce the maintenance costs.

The developed engine diagnostic modules will be implemented into Cranfield Pythia software for the benefits of wider users in both academic and industrial sections.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have or expect to gain a UK 1st or upper 2nd class degree or equivalent in aeronautical or mechanical engineering. An MSc or experience in numerical modelling, thermodynamics, fatigue and fracture, gas turbine technology, and computer programming skills will be an advantage. The PhD candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.

Funding:

The funding will cover the tuition fees and partial living expenses of an UK/EU PhD student for three years. The same funding can be provided to an overseas student who is able to fund the shortfall of his or her total costs. It is open to all suitably qualified candidates, including overseas students.

How to apply:

For informal inquiry please contact: Dr Yiguang Li, Centre for Propulsion Engineering, by email at i.y.li@cranfield.ac.uk

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

For further information contact us today:

T: 44 (0)1234 758083
E: study@cranfield.ac.uk

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South East England