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Numerical and Experimental Aeroelastic Analysis of High Aspect Ratio Wings

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentship for the project titled “Numerical and Experimental Aeroelastic Analysis of High Aspect Ratio Wings” starting 1st October 2021. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,609, including inner London weighting, plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years).

You must be eligible for home tuition fees either through nationality, residency or other connection to the UK.

You will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This exciting research project is focused on the accurate nonlinear numerical and experimental aeroelastic analysis of flexible wings and explore the use of reduced-order models to ensure the practicability in the use of developed methods for domains with large degrees of freedom. It will also explore the use of high-fidelity numerical modelling, including turbulence modelling. This research is applicable to the aeroelasticity of flexible and large wind turbine blades. The unified scaling law in solid continuum recently developed by the research team here at Brunel will be further developed for experimental investigations during this research project.

In your application, you are required to demonstrate your skills, understanding and experience of computational modelling, numerical analysis, aerodynamics, structural dynamic analysis.

Please email Dr Rui Cardoso at rui.cardoso@brunel.ac.uk to ask any questions you might have or to arrange an informal discussion about the project and studentship.


You will have or achieve an undergraduate (first) degree classified at 2:1 or above in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage. You should be highly motivated, able to work in a team, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

How to apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) by 12:00 Noon on Friday 9 April 2021 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk Interviews will take place in April/May 2021.

  • 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 whom 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.