PhD Studentship: Development of a Benchtop Testing Methodology for Determining Turbine Blade Vibration Amplitude Relative to Input Energy

Loughborough University

Start date of studentship: 1 October 2017

Interview date: 27September 2017


Primary supervisor: Dr Antonios Pezouvanis

Secondary supervisor: Prof Kambiz Ebrahimi

You are invited to apply for this PhD studentship which is supported by EPSRC and Cummins Turbo Technologies and provides exciting opportunities such as:

  • Learn about the latest turbocharger testing methods
  • Chance to work with a world leading turbocharger manufacturer
  • Chance to be part of a research project with a direct applicability
  • Advance your skills in engineering software (CAD, FEM)

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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You will be part of the department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering which has been ranked 3rd nationally for Research Quality - REF 2014.

Full Project Detail:

The aim of this project is to develop a test methodology to measure the turbine blade’s responsiveness as a function of input energy which will allow them to be ranked in terms of responsiveness.

The research will be focused on vibration excitation, measurement and analysis methods while the experimental part will also involve designing a test rig which will be able to be used to apply respective methods and develop the blade ranking process.

The PhD student will be expected to visit Cummins Turbo Technologies in Huddersfield during the course of the PhD for which the travel expenses and accommodation for these visits will be covered. At the company, the PhD student will be introduced into the background theory and terminology relative to this project as well as learn about the company processes that this new methodology is expected to provide information for, thus increasing the chance of this research having a direct applicability within the company.

The expected software to be used during this project are:

  • ANSYS for FEM
  • LabVIEW for the test rig.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in a related subject is also an advantage.

Funding information:

The studentship will start from 1st October 2017, for four years, and provides a tax-free stipend of £21,053 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to obtain the full funding if an applicant has been resident in the UK for purposes other than education for the past 3 years, otherwise,  the funding will be firstly used to cover the tuition fees at the international rate.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Antonios Pezouvanis
Email address:
Telephone number: 01509 227539

Name: Prof Kambiz Ebrahimi
Email address:
Telephone number: 01509 227289

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under program name, select ‘Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering'

Please quote reference number: AAE-AP-1723

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