PhD Studentship Environmental Interdependencies in Civil Aviation

Ref: ISVR-FDAG-116
Research group: Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
Deadline: Applications will be accepted at any time until the position is filled.

The aim of this project is to identify and then develop quantitative multi-disciplinary environmental modelling capabilities for civil aviation.  Such capability does not at present exist because environmental issues such as noise, carbon and air quality are all measured in different and incompatible physical units and this means that they are managed under separate policies and regulations. This can cause many problems for regulation and management. 

A recent example is the recently introduced Airbus A 380 aircraft type which sacrifices a small amount of fuel burn efficiency to meet current noise regulations.  In practice the noise reduction is too small to make any noticeable difference to people on the ground, whereas the whole-life costs of the increased fuel burn will be considerable.  A properly integrated multi-dimensional approach to regulation could have avoided this. 

This studentship sponsored by Anderson Acoustics who work as contractors at Heathrow Airport.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Rod Self, Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics research group, Email:

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