PhD Studentship: Research in the Sub-idle Performance of the Next Generation of Large Civil Aero Engines

Cranfield University - School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Start Date: As soon as possible 

Eligibility: UK, EU, Rest of the World

Duration of award: 3 years

Prof Vassilios Pachidis,
Director, Rolls-Royce UTC in Aero Systems Design, Integration & Performance,
Head, Gas Turbine Engineering Group, Centre for Propulsion Engineering

The studentship provides full funding for one candidate for 3 years (maintenance and tuition fees at EU/UK level)

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship within the Centre for Propulsion Engineering, Gas Turbine Engineering Group, Cranfield University, in the broad areas of internal (turbomachinery) and external (nacelle, engine/wing integration) aerodynamics and engine performance modelling and simulation, to support research work in future aero engine sub-idle performance. The work will be in relation to the Clean Sky 2 Joint Technology Initiative programme PROTEUS, recently awarded to the Centre. Project PROTEUS (PeRformance & Operability of Turbofan Engines Under Sub-idle) focuses on the research and development of new methods and simulation tools to understand and predict the idle and sub-idle performance of the next generation of large civil aero engines. Work will focus on the characterisation of the performance of key engine components at idle and sub-idle conditions using high-fidelity models and simulations along with validation against experimental data provided by the Topic Manager (Rolls-Royce plc). Results from the higher-order simulations will be subsequently reduced into appropriate 0D (or 1D) component characteristics for rapid whole-engine performance analyses. This will enable sub-idle considerations to be included in the initial phase of the engine’s preliminary design. The toolset envisaged will be matured to TRL6 through validation against test data collected from the UltraFan™ demonstrator program.

Entry requirements:
Applicants should have or expect to gain a UK 1st or upper 2nd class degree or equivalent in aeronautical or mechanical engineering. An MSc or knowledge and experience in thermodynamics, aerodynamics, gas turbine performance, etc. are essential. Good computer programming skills will be an advantage. The PhD candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.

Also, the candidate is expected to:

  • Have excellent analytical, reporting and communication skills
  • Be self-motivated, independent and team player
  • Be genuine enthusiasm for the subject and technology
  • Have the willing to publish research findings in international journal

The scholarship covers maintenance and tuition fees at UK/EU level only. Applications from overseas students are welcome but the student would be expected to be able to fund the shortfall of his or her total costs.

How to apply:
Please contact: Prof Vassilios Pachidis, Centre for Propulsion Engineering, by email at

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form.

For further information contact us today:

T: 44(0)1234758008

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