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PhD Studentship: Aero-engine intake Aerodynamic Design and Optimisation PhD

Cranfield University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: See advert details
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th September 2021
Closes: 30th November 2021
Reference: SATM235

With the continuing need for new air vehicle systems with aero-engines there is a need to the closer integration of the propulsion system and the airframe. With the timely development of new measurement methods, computational tools and optimisation systems it is envisaged that this design challenge can be addressed. The overall aim of the PhD project is to develop, validate and transfer to the sponsor an aerodynamic design and optimisation methodology for complex aero engine intakes. The research will encompass both computational and experimental elements. The project is in collaboration with the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and is fully funded for fees and bursary. Read more

At a glance
  • Application deadline: 30 Nov 2021
  • Award type(s): PhD
  • Start date: 31 Jan 2022
  • Duration of award: 3.5 years
  • Eligibility: UK
  • Reference number: SATM235
1st Supervisor: Prof David MacManus    
2nd Supervisor: Dr Pavlos Zachos
Entry requirementsApplicants for the post must have a first-class or upper second-class degree in engineering or a related area. An aerospace background would be a distinct advantage as would experience of Python coding, computational aerodynamics, and experimental aerodynamics.
FundingTo be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK national. Applicants must also clear administrative checks from the sponsor.

About the sponsor

This studentship is sponsored by EPSRC and  UK DSTL ICASE. A stipend of £15,609 per annum (tax free) plus UK tuition fees applies.

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

For further information please contact:

Prof David MacManus, email:
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 4735

If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form.

Although there is a nominal closing date of 30th November 2021, the post will be filled as soon as possible for a suitable candidate.

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