UK: PhD Studentship in Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics at University of Southampton

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Ref: ISVR-FDAG-103

Deadline: Applications will be accepted at any time until the position is filled.

Description: Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship working on Aeroacoustics. The project is supported by Rolls-Royce plc and will be supervised within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Gas Turbine Noise at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton. The successful applicant will join a strong team at the UTC working on new research to reduce aircraft noise.

Reducing the environmental impact of civil aviation is critical to the growth of air transport and to the future of the aircraft industry. Ambitious environmental goals for the industry have been set by the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE). These include reducing by 97% (15 dB) the noise from civil aircraft by 2050.

Work undertaken in this project will focus on scattering of tonal noise, produced by the fan and turbine, by the turbulent exhaust jet from an aero-engine. The key aim will be to acquire a model-scale experimental database of measurements of the scattering obtained in the laboratory. There is currently no such database available; the data will be used for validation purposes to support the development of robust, validated prediction methods, as well as to improve our understanding of the scattering phenomenon. The work will include experimental fluid dynamics, data appraisal, and some theoretical modelling.

Eligibility: The studentship would provide support at standard EPSRC rates (currently around £13,900 p.a.) and EU/UK tuition fees for three years. The start date will be 1 October 2014, or earlier with agreement. Applicants should have a good first degree in a relevant science or engineering subject. Ideally the candidate should have some experience in aeroacoustics.

Further Information: If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Alan McAlpine, Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics research group, Email: am@isvr.soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 2667.

To Apply: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering/postgraduate/research_degrees/apply.page

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