PhD Studentship: Complex Intake Aerodynamic Design and Optimisation with DSTL

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.

The overall aim of the PhD research is to develop and validate a design and optimisation methodology for complex aero engine intakes. The research will include the calculation and state of the art measurements of the complex, unsteady flow distortion which are at the heart of this intake design challenge. As part of the work a range of optimisation methods will be investigated and a tool will be developed and applied to a specific intake configuration. The software will be configured to work with a range of CFD flow solvers. The project will contribute to the solution of a long-standing engineering challenge, whilst at the same time providing the investigator with an exceptional development opportunity through their engagement with Dstl.


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


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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