PhD Studentship: Aircraft Engine Noise: Prediction and Measurement of Acoustic Scattering

University of Southampton - Acoustics, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD Studentship working on Aeroacoustics. The successful applicant will join a strong team within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Gas Turbine Noise at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), based at the University of Southampton. The UTC group carry out new research to reduce aircraft noise. Reducing aircraft noise is critical to the growth of air transport and to the future of the UK aircraft industry because noise is a major environmental impact of civil aviation.

Work undertaken in this project will focus on scattering of sound by turbulence, with application to the scattering of fan and turbine noise by the turbulent exhaust jet from a turbofan aero-engine. The aim of this PhD project will be to develop a comprehensive set of prediction methods for application to scattering of sound by turbulence, and to validate these methods using experimental data acquired at the ISVR Doak-jet facility. Also data analysis and code development will be part of the work.

This project will continue the research undertaken in a recent EPSRC project on “Spectral broadening in aeroacoustics” EP/K017551/1. The work will lead to a comprehensive study of sound scattering by turbulence, with key applications linked to noise emissions from aero-engines.

Full funding is available for UK eligible students. The start date will be September 2018. Applicants should have a good first or high 2:1 degree in mathematics or a relevant science or engineering subject. Ideally the candidate should have some experience in fluid dynamics and/or acoustics.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Alan McAlpine, Acoustics research group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2667

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