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PhD Studentship: Measurement of Production and Oxidation Rates of Soot in Aero Gas Turbine Combustor Flame

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: See advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 16th April 2021
Closes: 31st May 2021
Reference: AAE-JC-2103

Reference number: AAE-JC-2103 

Start date of studentship: 1 July 2021 

Closing date of advert: 31 May 2021 

Interview date: tbc 


Primary supervisor: Professor Jon Carrotte 

Secondary supervisor: tbc 

Short Introductory Paragraph 

The overall objective of the PhD will be to improve the design processes associated with modern combustion systems as found within current and future aerospace gas turbine applications.  The work will focus on delivering an improved understanding of the processes by which soot (or non-volatile particulate matter) is produced or consumed within the combustion system.  In this way, design processes will be improved thereby leading to combustors that deliver low nvpm emissions.  

The work will be undertaken in collaboration with Rolls-Royce and located within the University Technology Centre (UTC) in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes at Loughborough.  The UTC is also part of the National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT) whose facilities will be used as part of the studentship.     

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%. 

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Full Project Detail: 

The overall objective of the PhD will be to improve the design processes associated with modern combustion systems, by improved understanding of the soot production and consumption processes.  

The programme will include: 

  • A detailed literature survey to review current state of the art and identify potential experimental methods for improved understanding of soot production and/or oxidation mechanisms.  
  • Design of experimental hardware which is likely to be targeted for implementation within the facilities with NCCAT.
  • Undertake numerical predictions and experimental measurements to identify the most significant processes that determine the soot issuing from modern combustion systems. 

The final 6 months will involve the writing of a PhD thesis, transferring the major findings of the work to Rolls-Royce. The work will also benefit from existing activities and studentships - part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Propulsion and Power. 

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Entry requirements: 

Applicants are likely to have an engineering background with some specialisation in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics; students from related fields will also be considered. Students are expected to have a 2.1 or 1st class honours degree from a UK University. 

Funding information: 

This fully funded studentship is for 3.5 years and provides a tax-free stipend including top-up of £18,846 p.a., plus tuition fees of £4,407 (20/21 rate).  Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK fees.   

Contact details: 

Name: Professor Jon Carrotte 

Email address:  

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227251 

How to apply: 

All applications should be made online at Under school/department select ' Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering programme. 

Please quote reference number: AAE-JC-2103 

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