Ds Scholarship

PhD Studentship, Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics of Multi-rotor Propulsion Systems job with UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Aerospace Engineering

LocationHighfield Campus:
final date: Saturday 30 July 2022
reference: 1640321DA

Supervising team: Chaitanya Parochori, Philip Joseph and Paratram Janapatisubramani

Project Description

The PhD student will directly address the key gap in understanding that aims to enable the design and development of efficient and quiet multi-rotor propulsion systems in the future. This project describes detailed flow and noise measurements at state-of-the-art facilities to gain a basic understanding of the aerodynamics and aerodynamics of cross-fan systems. High-resolution flow and noise data will be used to create new design principles and semi-analytical predictive models for low-noise, high-efficiency multi-rotor configurations.

The PhD student will perform aerodynamic measurements using modern imaging techniques in completely new experimental facilities and develop the analytical model for noise prediction and comparison with acoustic measurements. You will join the highly motivated researchers in the Acoustics Group at the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), which is recognized as one of the world’s leading centers for investigation of sound and vibration phenomena.

Global interest in small multirotor aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) is rapidly growing. It is now widely accepted that noise is one of the major factors that can limit public acceptance and adoption of drones. Currently, drones are designed for performance, with relatively little regard for noise. In this project, you will have a unique opportunity to design new experiments in modern wind tunnels (new boundary layer tunnel and acoustic wind tunnel), and to record and analyze high-resolution experimental data obtained using advanced flow diagnostic methods.

You must have a first class degree in a general field of engineering. You must have an interest and some experience either in carrying out experimental work or developing analytical methods. A strong mathematical and computer foundation (MATLAB, PYTHON, etc.) is essential for developing data analysis codes and later model synthesis.

International students with a strong CV are encouraged to apply before February 1St 2022 as applications for the Presidential Scholarship Program to request the full international fee.

If you would like to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Chaitanya Paruchuri and Audio Research Group, Email: ccp1m17@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 9458.

Please also contact Professor Bharathram Ganapathisubramani and Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Research Group, Email: g.bharath@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2305.

Admission requirements

A very good university degree (at least a 2:1 British undergraduate degree, or international equivalent).

final date: This position will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Applications must be received no later than July 30, 2022 for standard admission.

The deadline for obtaining international funding is 1St February 2022.

Financing: Full tuition fees plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,609 tax-free annually for up to 3.5 years.

Eligible for the Presidential Scholarship (full tuition fee plus stipend) for international students (deadline 1St February 2022 for International Finance).

How to apply

Submit an application online. Select Program Type (Research), 2022/23 College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD in Engineering and Environment (full-time)”. In section 2 of the application form, you must enter the name of the supervisor Chaitanya Paruchuri

Apps must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Class lecturer so far

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For more information, please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

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