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PhD Studentship: Opportunity in Advanced Seals for Turbine Secondary Air Systems

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £16,000 (See further details below)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th July 2019
Closes: 15th October 2019

Studentship description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship within the Centre for Aerodynamics at the University of Surrey.  Gas and steam turbines continue to be developed for air, sea, and land-based power plant applications. They are continually evolving to operate at higher overall pressure ratio and turbine inlet temperature. Advanced sealing technology is needed, within the secondary air systems of these machines, to reduce waste leakages and to maintain a dependable supply of cooling air to hot components. Seals in general are critical to overall thermal efficiency and in reducing specific fuel consumption. One such seal, the brush seal, has seen limited success to date, and needs to operate within harsh environments in terms of pressure, temperature, inlet flow velocities, and relative movements between the mounting stator and the rotating shaft against which a seal is formed. In this project you will use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and the Surrey University Brush Seal Iterative Simulator (SUBSIS) mechanical model to capture the coupled aerodynamic and structural behaviour of these seal types, and to be able to provide design insights that can inform future applications. 

This project will be supervised by Dr Michael J Pekris ( and Professor John W Chew. 

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first class or a good upper second degree in engineering or a related subject. Some coding ability, or willingness to develop this skill, would be desirable. 


A tax free stipend of £16,000 per year will be provided over the 3 year duration of the PhD. The studentship will also cover UK university fees. There will also be an opportunity receive further payments for teaching duties undertaken in the department.

How to apply

Formal applications should be submitted through our programme page You should make it clear in your application that you are applying for this studentship. For informal enquiries prior to or following application submission please contact: Dr Michael Pekris (  For Enquiries on the application procedure please contact: The University of Surrey is committed to equality of opportunity in employment and offers many opportunities to help researchers develop as independent researchers.

Closing date for applications

Applications accepted all year round.

Application enquiries

Dr Michael Pekris,


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