Spoiler Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics

University of Southampton

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Project Description

A PhD studentship is now available in the area of aircraft aerodynamics and aeroacoustics noise. The studentship provides a unique opportunity to work on a relevant engineering problem at the Airbus Noise Technology Centre (ANTC), part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. The studentship is fully funded via an EU H2020 project entitled INVENTOR “INnoVative dEsign of iNstalled airframe componenTs for aircraft nOise Reduction.” The project involves 16 partners from 7 different countries.

The primary goal of INVENTOR is to better understand the physics of noise generated by spoilers on the wing and landing gears, both deployed of approach to landing. The research will be through a combination of wind tunnel experiments and numerical simulations. The experiments will be performed using the wind tunnel facilities at the University of Southampton. The numerical simulations will involve traditional CFD solvers and also state-of-the-art Lattice Bolztmann codes. The project will suit a student with strong analytical skills as well as some experience in wind tunnel experiments and CFD.

The outcome of the project will be a more fundamental understanding of the underlying aerodynamic mechanisms responsible for the noise sources and the student will be expected to propose creative design solutions for their reduction. This PhD studentship will provide a good opportunity to work closely with one of the largest aerospace companies in the world, and explore relevant problems in the aerospace industry.

The Airbus Noise Technology Centre (ANTC) (southampton.ac.uk/antc) was opened in November 2008 at the University of Southampton. It is the result of the long standing collaboration between Airbus and the University on a range of noise research and development projects. The centre brings together academic staff, research fellows and PhD students using state-of-the-art computer simulations and wind tunnel testing to develop new noise reduction concepts.

Funding Information

Full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,285 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

Eligibility Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 December 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Application Process

Applications should be made online, please select the academic session 2020-21 “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Dr David Angland under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts to date

For further information please contact: [email protected]

Supplementary Information

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr David Angland, AFM Research Group, Email: [email protected], Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 4987.

To apply for this PhD, please use the following application link: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page