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Research Associate in Numerical Modelling (Emissions for Innovative Aero-engine Combustors)

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £34,397 to £46,499 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th April 2019
Closes: 19th June 2019
Job Ref: ENG00829

Campus: South Kensington, London

A new opportunity for a Research Associate is available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering to work on numerical modelling of emissions for innovative combustion systems for aviation. The Research Associate will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic research environment and collaborate with European Universities.

In order to reduce the environmental impact of aviation, new low emission technologies have to be developed. The focus of this research is on the numerical investigation of a new technology for aero-engine combustors based on lean azimuthal flames. Numerical models for the prediction of soot and NOx in spray flames will be developed and used to evaluate and possibly improve the proposed technology. The research will be part of an international collaboration within the framework of the LEAFINNOX project, which involves Imperial College, University of Cambridge, ETH Zurich and University of Naples.

Duties and Responsibilities

The focus of this research will be both on fundamental research and simulations of innovative combustion systems.

  • You will develop numerical models for the prediction of emissions in aero-engine combustors.
  • You will perform fundamental research through the simulation of single droplet flames by using novel models for soot and NOx emissions. This will lead to the development of regime diagrams for emissions.
  • You will develop conditional moment closure methods for the prediction of emissions and simulate both academic configurations and the lean azimuthal flame combustor (LEAF combustor, which is the innovative technology investigated in this project).
  • Eventually, you will develop a low-order code based on the imperfectly stirred reactor approach for the prediction of emissions in aero-engine combustors.

This position will require implementation of models, simulations and development of post-processing tools.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • You must have (or be close to completion of) a PhD  in in numerical combustion or a closely related discipline (or have equivalent experience).
  • You will have knowledgeable, and have previous experience in Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent spray flames and combustion modelling in general
  • You have experience in programming (knowledge of Fortran 90 and C++ is desirable)
  • You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Prior experience with soot modelling and conditional moment closure combustion model would be considered an advantage

Key information:

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please visit our website using the provided link for more information about the post and the application process.

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