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PhD Studentship: Thermo-structural Characterisation of Hypersonic Vehicles

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully funded
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024
Reference: AE0042
 

Application deadline: 8th January 2024

Start date: As soon as possible (flexible)

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. studentship in the Departments of Aeronautics to investigate the optimal design of material architectures for next generation hypersonic vehicles. The thermo-structural challenges in designing hypersonic vehicles capable of flying at Mach 5+ are extreme. Heat transfer into the structure due to aero-thermal effects are significant and lead to very large temperature gradients, resulting in large thermal stresses and the potential for material degradation. Consequently, this is a significant thermo-structural problem which requires the application of design optimisation to understand the compromises in the design process as well as inform future hierarchical material design approaches. This numerically-based project will exploit and enhance a previously developed in-house python-based design optimization framework. The Ph.D. will be co-supervised by Professors Matthew Santer and Rob Hewson within the vibrant structural metamaterials research group.

During their Ph.D. the successful candidate will gain experience of:

  • Numerical design optimization of aero-thermo-structural problems;
  • Inverse homogenisation techniques for material synthesis;
  • Interaction with industrial partners.

The successful candidate will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals and to present their findings at major international conferences. 

Applicants should have a strong background in at least two of optimization, structural analysis and coding (preferably in Python), and a genuine passion for research. Applications are invited from candidates who possess (or expect to gain) a first-class honours MEng or higher degree or equivalent in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related areas.

Imperial College is consistently ranked as one of top universities in the world and top 3 universities within the UK. In 2023 Imperial ranked 6th in the world in the QS and 8th in the world in the THE rankings. It has been ranked as the most innovative university in Europe.

This studentship is available for students eligible for home fees. Information on fee status can be found at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/fee-status/

The studentship is for 3.5 years and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of £20,622.

Please address any initial informal enquiries you may have to Professor Matthew Santer, m.santer@imperial.ac.uk

For queries regarding the application process, please contact Lisa Kelly at l.kelly@imperial.ac.uk

Imperial College is committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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