Reduced Basis Modelling for Unsteady and Compressible Aerodynamics

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is seeking an outstanding and committed graduate to undertake PhD studies in the field of numerical modeling of future aircraft aerodynamics.

This 3-year research project aims at studying innovative aircraft configurations by formulating and implementing advanced numerical approaches capable of providing accurate but cost effective predictions of complex three-dimensional unsteady compressible flows. The research aims at formulating numerical techniques capable to identify and follow the dynamics of the few fundamental flow structures that play the most relevant role in unsteady compressible aerodynamic interactions.

  • Number of scholarships One
  • Value Home/EU Tuition Fees and Stipend
  • Opens 3 February 2017
  • Deadline 3 March 2017
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs
  • Duration 3 Years

Eligibility

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering, mathematics or physics subject, and be highly motivated to undertake cutting-edge research in this field. Candidates with a background in computational fluid dynamics and/or numerical methods are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position is open only to UK/EU applicants

Project Details

The research aims at formulating numerical techniques capable to identify and follow the dynamics of the few fundamental flow structures that play the most relevant role in unsteady compressible aerodynamic interactions.  By evolving in space and time only such few fundamental primitives it would be possible to reduce the computational complexity of the problem while keeping high consistency with the physics of the flow. The project’s goal is to provide accurate predictions of the evolution of unsteady vortices and the establishment of potentially complex shock waves around future aircraft configuration during take-off, landing or during manoeuvres where unsteady wakes and shock waves may alter significantly the flowfield and become responsible of non-negligible changes in Lift and Drag and might lead to manoeuvrability, safety and/or efficiency constraints/issues.

The project will provide the student with in-depth knowledge of the physics of unsteady, compressible aerodynamics and associated advanced mathematical and numerical models. The student will have the chance and will be supported to interact with internationally recognized research groups in the field (Stanford, MIT and SISSA) and industrial partners like Airbus, Bombardier Aerospace and BAE Systems.

The academic supervisor will be Dr Marco Fossati (marco.fossati@strath.ac.uk) and the research will be conducted within the Future Air-Space Transportation Technologies Laboratory (www.strath.ac.uk/fastt) of the Aerospace Centre of Excellence at Strathclyde University. 

The project is fully funded for 3 years and will cover Home/EU tuition fees, and a tax free salary of approximately £15,000 per annum.

The project commences on 1 October 2017.

How to apply

If you wish to apply please email a covering letter, full Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of at least two academic referees to Dr Fossati (marco.fossati@strath.ac.uk).