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PhD Studentship - Gas Path Diagnostics for Combined Cycle Power Plant

Cranfield University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: see advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Expires: 14th October 2018

Supervisor:                            Dr Yiguang Li

                                               T: +44 (0)1234 754723


Industrial Sponsor:                Manx Utilities (MU), UK

Duration:                                3 years


Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Centre for Propulsion Engineering, Cranfield University, in the area of gas path diagnostics for a gas turbine combined cycle power plant. The research is in collaboration with Manx Utilities, Isle of Man, UK.

Cranfield has developed a unique methodology and software to analyse the health of gas turbine engines as well as to simulate and analyse the performance of combined cycle power plants. The research in this area at Cranfield will be a good starting point for the proposed project.  The objective of the research is to further develop the gas path diagnostic methodology and analysis tool and apply the technology to the health analysis of a combined cycle power plant. The critical components for the analysis will be the once-through steam generator, steam turbine, condenser, etc. Corresponding computer software will be developed. This is to support the condition-based maintenance and operation of the power plant.

Close communication with the industrial sponsor is expected and necessary visits to the company will be funded to assist the student to get first-hand information and experience of power plant operation.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to gain a UK 1st or upper 2nd class degree or equivalent in mechanical engineering. An MSc or experience in thermodynamics, numerical modelling, and computer programming skills will be an advantage. The PhD candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.


Partial studentship is available for three years and is open to all suitably qualified student candidates (including overseas students). The amount of the studentship will depend on the background of the candidate. The student is expected to pay the shortfall of his or her total expenses, including tuition fees and living expenses.

About the Sponsor:

The Centre for Propulsion Engineering has a key focus and a proven track record on gas turbine performance, gas path diagnostics, combined cycles, lifing, novel cycles, etc., which has been built up over the last 50 years. This provides a unique capability to assist engineers in new engine and power plant designs and support the users in optimizing the profits of gas turbine and power plant operations, improving power system availability and reducing maintenance costs.

The history of gas turbine engineering at Cranfield dates back to 1946 and the foundation of the Institution. The Centre for Propulsion Engineering contributes and focuses on gas turbines for aerospace, marine and energy applications, the sectors where Europe and Britain are world leaders and major exporters. This high technology global industry is worth more than £30 billion per annum. Current challenges are arising from the need to address environmental issues and the changing economic climate. These challenges have created an environment where a large return can be accrued from an investment in gas turbines and related power system research and education.

How to apply

Please complete an online application form. You may also send your CV and cover letter to and contact Dr Yiguang Li by email at for an informal discussion if required.

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