PhD Studentship: Unsteady Aerodynamics of Highly Flexible Wings in Gusts

University of Bath - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Highly flexible wings may operate in unsteady gusts or in the wake of another aircraft. Formation flight, unmanned air vehicles in urban environment, highly flexible high aspect ratio wings in high altitude flight are some examples. When the aeroelastic effects are considered, this may cause increased deformation, buffeting and vibration, fluid-structure interaction, flow separation, leading-edge vortex formation, which all depend on the deformation modes and frequencies.

Wind tunnel experiments will be conducted for flexible wings to investigate these aspects. Flow visualization, force measurements and deformation measurements will be performed. Digital Image Correlation technique will be used to measure the mean and unsteady deformation of the wing during the gust interaction. Main variables are the gust properties, vertical position of the gust, and wing aeroelastic properties.

A Home/EU award will provide full tuition fees, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, and a tax-free maintenance payment of £14,553 (2017-8 rate) for up to 3.5 years.

An Overseas award (3 years): Provides tuition fee, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, but no stipend.

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent).

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