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Next Generation of Quiet and Aerodynamically Efficient Aerofoil

Applications are sought for a self-funded PhD student to undertake 36-month research into fan broadband noise reduction at Brunel University London. This project represents an exciting opportunity to work towards the application of structured porous surface to reduce aerofoil broadband self-noise and improve aerodynamic performances.

It will involve the design/optimisation of the structured porous surfaces, commissioning their fabrication, integration to aerofoil fan blades, wind tunnel testing, data acquisition, data analysis and physical interpretation.

Financial support for the equipment needed for this project has already been secured from the recently awarded EPSRC project (EP/V006886/1). Fan broadband noise (turbulence-leading edge interaction noise, and trailing edge self-noise) is typically encountered in aero-engines, wind turbines and home appliances. Other noise sources include the broadband deep-stall noise when the fan blade is operated at high loading configuration.

This project seeks to control the turbulence generation mechanisms, and suppress the large-scale boundary layer separation by the structured porous treatments, with the eventual aims of reducing the fan broadband noise, understanding the physical mechanisms and improving the aerodynamic performances.

The research will mainly be conducted at an aeroacoustics wind tunnel facility at Brunel University London.

The PhD student will receive support from all members of the friendly project team, including technical support from the departmental technicians. The applicant should already have, or about to complete, a Bachelor or Master degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering. The applicant should have a good understanding in the area of aerodynamics and fluid mechanics. Experience in the area of aeroacoustics is desirable but not essential. If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Tze Pei Chong of Brunel University London at t.p.chong@brunel.ac.uk , or online call (Skype id: tze.pei).

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.