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Advanced turbocharger turbine simulation and testing for waste energy recovery applications

Brunel University London (BUL) is recruiting to EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships effective 1 October 2020. Applications are invited for the following specific project called “c”.    Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,285 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees either through nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK. 

The successful applicant will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Through this project cold flow, stand-alone turbocharger gas stand data will be correlated against on-engine hot exhaust flow turbocharger performance data; the results will be used to inform on the deviation of turbocharger performance arising because of the unaccounted pulsating flow effect of the exhaust gas on turbocharger performance. In addition, heat transfer and wide mapping through cold-flow dynamometer testing will be able to be assessed alongside pulsating flow effects to characterise turbocharger performance by analysing these three physical elements which have so far been treated independently. This holistic representation of the unaccounted physical aero-thermal flow phenomena will then pave the way for better engine-turbocharger matching and sizing of turbocharger components in the preliminary stage of turbocharger design process.

Please contact Dr Apostolos Pesyridis at a.pesyridis@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion about the studentships.

This is a College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences: EPSRC Funded DTP PhD Studentship.

Eligibility

Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.   

Applicants will be required to work in a team as well as individually, be highly motivated, able to collaborate with others and have good communication skills.   Applicants also need to demonstrate they have experience in at least one programming language, CFD and of research in turbomachinery as applied to the systems below:

  1. Forced Induction systems, including superchargers and turbochargers
  2. Turbine design
  3. Internal Combustion Engine and Hybrid Powertrain research

How to apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Noon on Friday 26 June 2020 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk. Interviews will take place in July 2020.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.