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PhD Studentship - Flow Control Using Tailored Permeable Surfaces (Supported by Embraer)

University of Bristol

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,277
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st September 2018
Closes: 26th August 2019

Funding amount

£16,277 p.a. subject to confirmation and eligibility status

The project:

Applications are invited for a PhD project on the use of advanced permeable surfaces for flow control and aerodynamic performance improvement. Porous permeable surfaces are found to have some very interesting effects on turbulent boundary layer and wake flows. As part of this project, in collaboration with some world-leading academics in the UK and US, and aircraft manufactures, we aim to gain a more fundamental understanding of the physics involved in flow and porous media interaction and develop bespoke porous materials for specific aerodynamic applications, including laminar flight, low noise aerofoil, etc. As part of this project, the PhD student will carry out advanced aerodynamic and aeroacoustic experiments, using several wind tunnels, including the state-of-the-art acoustic wind tunnel facility at the University of Bristol. (

The PhD student will join a strong team of experimental researchers at the University of Bristol and will have the opportunity to be involved and benefit from interaction with other PhD students and research associates working on a variety of aerodynamic and aeroacoustic problems.

The results of this project are expected to be of very high quality and be published in the field top journals. The PhD student will have funding for attending at least 4 international conferences.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisor, Dr Azarpeyvand informally to discuss their research interests before making an application.

Please make an online application for this project at Please select < Mechanical Engineering> on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form with the name of the supervisor

Candidate requirements:

We are looking for an enthusiastic student with either a first or high 2:1 honours degree in Engineering, Physics or a related subject. The candidate will have a strong understanding of aerodynamics as well as some practical experience and a keen interest for experimental work.


Scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to 1st September 2018) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£14,777 in 2018/19) plus £1,500 per year stipend enhancement (subject to contracts).


Please contact Dr M Azarpeyvand, (

For general enquiries, please email

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