PhD Studentship: Aerodynamic Noise Reduction using Micro-surface Treatments

University of Bristol - Mechanical Engineering

The project:

Based in the world leading research team in the Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics within the School of Engineering at the University of Bristol, this is an exciting PhD position opportunity to join a strong team developing state of the art experimental techniques to explore the possibility of micro surface treatments for improving the aerodynamic and aeroacoustic performance of airfoils and high-lift-devices. Artificial surfaces inspired from shark skin have been widely studied in aerodynamics and hydrodynamics for drag reduction purposes. In this project funded by the EU Horizon H2020 programme, we intend to use such artificial surfaces to study the effects on the turbulence structures within the boundary layer and reduce the aerodynamic noise produced by airfoils. The successful candidate will be responsible for experimental evaluation of different types of surface treatments on airfoils in our state-of-the-art aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility and collaborate with our industrial and academic partners. This project will be in collaboration with some major aviation companies and academic institutions. The student will have the opportunity to attend European meetings and international conferences as part of this project. The results of this research are expected to be published in the field’s top journals.

Start date: 5 January 2018 or soon after.

Further Particulars:

The quality of research at the University of Bristol places it within the top five Universities in the UK based on the Research Excellence Framework and Times higher Education rankings 2014-15. The PhD candidate will be a part of a friendly and diverse community, with the Bristol Doctoral College (BDC) as the focal central coordinating facility. Alongside the specialist training the candidate will receive in PhD-specific topics, the BDC offers approximately 200 courses, interactive workshops and seminars as a part of the University’s Personal and Professional Development Programme for PGR students. The BDC organises University-wide events and provides a hub of information, guidance, and resources to help researchers to get the most of their time at Bristol.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select <Mechanical Engineering> on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form with the name of the supervisor.

Candidate requirements:

We are looking for an enthusiastic student with either a first or high 2:1 honours degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics (or closely related discipline).


Scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in Europe for 3 years prior to application) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend (£15,000 in 2017/18) plus yearly increments thereafter. Funding is for 48 months and will end November 2021. The successful applicant’s PhD registration will last for 4 years, the final year being for writing up.


For informal enquiries please email Dr Mahdi Azarpeyvand (

For general enquiries, please email

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