Research Fellow in Advanced Compressor Aerodynamics

Cranfield, Bedford
£32,094 per annum
05 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow in Advanced Compressor Aerodynamics

Organisation   Cranfield University
School/Department   School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at  Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work  37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday
Contract type  Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period  until 31 October 2018
Salary  £32,094 per annum 
Apply by   16/10/2017 

Aerospace is anticipating very large growth and propulsion is a key topic. The Propulsion Engineering Centre within the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield is continuing to experience large growth and is facing huge opportunities. Its large international activity embraces applied research, industrial short courses and leading MSc and PhD programmes. It enjoys global visibility and extensive links with industry. Its interests encompass novel cycles, gas turbine simulation and engine performance diagnostics.

The Centre is now looking to expand its internationally renowned activities by the recruitment of a suitable full-time Research Fellow in Advanced Compressor Aerodynamics with particular focus on compressor surge and rotating stall modelling. Compressor sub-idle performance modelling is another key area of interest. This position is opened to support work within the University Technology Centre (UTC) for Aero Systems Design, Integration and Performance funded by Rolls-Royce plc. Within the context of the ongoing development of an integrated shaft failure prediction toolset, the UTC has developed a useful low-order, quasi-3D computational tool for the modelling of axial flow compressor surge and rotating stall. The developed tool has demonstrated so far sufficient robustness and accuracy (compared against low-speed experimental (research) compressor data and high-fidelity CFD results) to warrant further development. In order to achieve a higher TRL it is now necessary to look into high-speed (transonic) core engine axial compressors and carry out additional validation against CFD and rig test data.

Applications are now invited from experienced researchers educated to Doctoral level (or those in the process of completing a PhD degree) in a related field. 

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