PhD Studentship Aero-engine installation performance


Dr. David G. MacManus.
Dept. of Power and Propulsion
School of Engineering
Cranfield University
Bedford, MK43 0AL, UK.


Duration: 3 years of award:

Award type: PhD

 PhD studentship in collaboration with Rolls-Royce.

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Department of Power and Propulsion, Cranfield University, in the field of aero-engine installation performance and aerodynamics. The research is in collaboration with Rolls Royce.

The integration of a propulsion system with an airframe is a vital step in the development of any air vehicle. Current aircraft designs are coming to an important point where it is vital to evaluate the engine and airframe in a more detailed way at the preliminary design stage. Modern engine design trends have been to reduce the specific thrust and to develop engines with large fan diameters. Consequently, the challenge of installing these systems onto the airframe has become more difficult due to the reduced surface clearance, increased interaction between the engine and the airframe as well as the increased drag and weight. It is envisaged that these issues will become more important for future aircraft and that the choice of engine design and installation configurations will need to be assessed in a more integrated way.

The research will focus on the development of a system for the assessment of the aero-engine installation effects at a preliminary design stage. The work will require research in the areas of nacelle and intake aerodynamics as well as engine and aircraft performance modelling.

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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 would be a distinct advantage as would experience of computational aerodynamics, aero-engine modelling and programming.


Studentships will be paid a tax-free stipend of at approximately £13,700 p.a. for 3 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. This is subject to EPSRC eligibility criteria

How to apply

The completed application form, CV and the names and addresses of two referees should be posted to Dr. David G. MacManus. You can also contact Dr. MacManus by email for an informal discussion if required. Please include the keyword INST13A in the subject field.

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