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PhD Studentship: Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Effects of Rotational, Oscillating Wing Structures

University of Southampton - Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £18,622 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th November 2023
Closes: 31st January 2024
 

PhD Supervisor: Teng Zhou

Project description

Oscillation of aerodynamic structures are widely observed in many engineering applications, such as flapping-wing aerial vehicles, drone or helicopter propellers, wind turbine blade, etc. The aerodynamic and aeroacoustics effects of the unsteady flow conditions caused by the oscillation have been investigated for decades. However, for many rotating applications, understanding to the combined effects of the structural rotation and oscillation are still very limited. Moreover, due to the difficulty in designing test rig, very few experimental results have been reported or published.

This project aims to investigate the rotational effects on an oscillating aerodynamic structure, using both experimental and numerical methods. A test rig that can drive an oscillating rotating aerodynamic structure will be developed. The periodic, transient aerodynamic and aeroacoustic characteristics of this unsteady problem will be revealed. The outcome of this project can help improve the understanding to the three-dimensional and unsteady effects on an aerodynamic structure and develop high-performance, low-noise aerodynamic design in real applications. 

By joining in this project, you will have the privilege of being part of the Acoustic Group at the Institute of Sound and Vibration (ISVR) and benefit from having access to the cutting-edge experimental facilities at the University of Southampton and the high-speed computational resources. You will be involved in an international, interdisciplinary, and motivated research team and have an opportunity to collaborate with renowned scholars at ISVR. As part of our research activities, you will be encouraged to participate international academic conferences to present and discuss your research.

The successful applicant is expected to have a strong educational background in aerospace engineering or mechanical engineering. Research experiences in fluid dynamics or acoustics will be a plus. Basic knowledge and skills in mechanical design and programming are required.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr. Teng Zhou, Acoustics Group, Email: t.zhou@soton.ac.uk.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date:

Applications should be received no later than 31 January 2024 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding:

For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £18,622 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Apply online: Search for a Postgraduate Programme of Study (soton.ac.uk). Select programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Teng Zhou

Applications should include:

  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

The School of Engineering is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.

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