PhD Studentship: Intake Flow Control Technologies with Rolls-Royce

Cranfield University - Propulsion Engineering Centre

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Propulsion Engineering Centre, Cranfield University, in the field of aero-engine installation performance and aerodynamics.

The integration of an aero-engine with the aircraft poses several aerodynamic challenges with respect to intake design. This applies to current podded type configurations as well as to more embedded installation configurations. Current research at Cranfield University is developing methods for the design, optimisation and analysis of a wide range of intake configurations. In addition, novel experimental methods have been applied to the evaluation of the unsteady distorted flow fields for complex intakes.

Across the range of conventional, embedded and future intake configurations, there are common elements of making the designs more compact but still with acceptable aerodynamic characteristics in terms of pressure recovery, massflow and reducing flow distortion. Within this context there is an interest in understanding the potential benefits of flow control technologies and the aim of the research is to investigate a range of flow control methods and to determine their viability for improving intake design and performance.


In collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc, this studentship will be paid a tax-free stipend of approximately £14,500 p.a. for 3 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate

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 of computational aerodynamics, aero-engine modelling and programming.

Duration of award: 3-4 years

Award Type: PhD

Supervisor: Dr. David G. MacManus.

Sponsored by

The projects are sponsored separately by Rolls-Royce and UK DSTL.

How to apply:

Please send a CV and the names and addresses of two referees to Dr. David G. MacManus. You can also contact Dr. MacManus by email for an informal discussion if required. Please include the keyword INST18A in the subject field.

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