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Propulsion System Intake Design and Unsteady Aerodynamics PhD

Cranfield University - School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th May 2022
Closes: 12th August 2022
Reference: SATM286

Application Deadline

12/08/2022

Start date 

26/09/2022   

Fee status of eligible applicants: Any Fee Status (UK/EU & RoW)

Duration of Award if full time preferred*:  3 years

1st Supervisor: Robert Christie 

2nd Supervisor: David MacManus   

Sponsored by EPSRC and Rolls-Royce,  this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 (tax free) plus fees for three years.

The design of compact intakes is considered a vital technology in the development of next generation ducted propulsion systems. Compact intakes are expected to provide benefits in terms of fuel burn reduction through cruise drag benefits as well as a reduction in the mass of the overall propulsion system. Without adequate intake understanding and design methods novel propulsion systems will not be viable. The overall aim of the PhD project is to develop and validate a methodology to assess unsteady distorted intake flow-fields as well as the unsteady interaction between fan and intake. The project is in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc and is fully funded for fees and bursary.

The unsteady fan-intake aerodynamic interaction for compact propulsion systems is not well understood and the existing industrial standards for assessing unsteady flow-fields are inadequate. There is a need to move to eddy resolving calculations and to employ new, innovative, advanced analysis methods. There is no evidence in the literature as to how changes in intake design affect the critical flow separation mechanism and interaction with the fan. There is an open question as to how much system improvement can be realised by taking this into account.

The project will contribute to the understanding of a long-standing engineering challenge, whilst at the same time providing the investigator with an exceptional development opportunity through their engagement with Rolls-Royce.

Part of the research will include a placement at Rolls-Royce for up to 3 months working with specialists to gain a broader appreciation of the range of applicability of the research.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the post must have a first-class or upper second-class degree in engineering or a related area. An aerospace background with a good background on compressible flow dynamics would be a distinct advantage as would experience of Python coding and computational aerodynamics.

Although there is a nominal closing date of 12 August 2022, the post will be filled as soon as possible for a suitable candidate.

Funding

This studentship is open to both UK and international applications. However, we are only permitted to offer a limited number of studentships to applicants from outside the UK. Funded studentships will only be awarded to exceptional candidates due to the competitive nature of the funding.

Sponsored by EPSRC and Rolls-Royce, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 (tax free) plus fees for three years.

How to apply

For further information please contact: Dr Robert Christie       

Name: Robert Christie
Email: r.christie@cranfield.ac.uk 
T:
(0) 1234 750111 Ext: 4681

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

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