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Research Associate/Fellow - Turbulent Boundary Layer Over a Porous Aerofoil (Fixed term)

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £27,511 to £40,322 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd June 2022
Closes: 22nd July 2022
Job Ref: ENG278921X1

Applications are invited for a Research Associate/Fellow in the Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group within the Faculty of Engineering. The successful candidate will perform a fundamental research into the turbulent boundary layer over a porous aerofoil, which is associated with the EPSRC funded research grant “Quiet aerofoil with adaptive porous surfaces (QUADPORS)”. This is a multi-disciplinary project jointly carried out by four UK universities, where you will join a dynamic research team at Nottingham with expertise in turbulent flows, drag reduction and flow control.

Background and objectives

Introducing porosity onto an aerofoil has been shown to have a significant influence on the boundary layer and provide significant reduction in its noise radiation. This multi-disciplinary research project is aimed at understanding and exploiting the interactions between porous aerofoils and the boundary layers developing over them for the purpose of optimising noise reductions without compromising aerodynamic performance.

The objective of this research is to understand how the properties of porous materials integrated within an aerofoil can provide an effective manipulation of the turbulent boundary layer in reducing a skin-friction drag. We will also investigate how porous wall sections can delay boundary layer separation under high loading conditions, and to quantify the corresponding effect on noise reduction. We will work closely with the Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham, who will design and fabricate adaptive porous structures to be integrated in an aerofoil.

Duties and responsibilities

  • To undertake innovative research on an aerofoil with adaptive porous surfaces to obtain new information and further knowledge.
  • To characterise the turbulent boundary layer and its structure over an aerofoil with adaptive porous surface by performing experiments using hot-wire anemometry, PIV and load cells.
  • To maintain, design and set up experimental facility, equipment and test models for the wind tunnel investigation.
  • To disseminate research results through publication in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
  • To assist in the co-ordination of the research and related administrative tasks, including liaison with project partners.

Essential requirements

  • PhD or about to obtain (or equivalent) in an appropriate field (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Applied Maths)
  • A good record of scientific and engineering publication in international journals
  • Knowledge and research experience in turbulence and turbulent flows
  • Innovative experimentation skills in turbulent boundary-layer research
  • Expertise in wind tunnel testing and data acquisition using hot-wire, PIV and load cells
  • Proficiency in programming, data analysis and presentation using Matlab and other software
  • Knowledge and experience in the maintenance, design and setup of experimental facility and equipment
  • Good communication skills at all levels

This is a full-time (36.25 Hour), fixed-term position for 12 months. Job share arrangements may considered

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Kwing-So Choi, email kwing-so choi@nottingham.ac.uk

Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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