Research Associate in SABRE Morphing Camber Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
£32,548 to £36,613 per annum
08 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
07 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a fully funded Aerospace Structures focused Post-Doctoral Research Associate post for 12 months full time or 24 months 50% FTE starting as soon as possible.

The post is part of the University of Bristol led Shape Adaptive Blades for Rotorcraft Efficiency (SABRE) H2020 research project funded by the European Commission. This project brings together experts in rotorcraft and morphing structures from high calibre academic and government research institutions across Europe including DLR, TU Delft, TU Munich, CIRA, Swansea University and Bristol. The project spans three and a half years and has a total budget of 6M Euros.

SABRE will develop ground-breaking new helicopter blade morphing technologies which will reduce fuel burn, CO2 and NOx emissions by 5-10%, while also reducing noise emissions. SABRE will help Europe achieve its ambitious aviation emissions goals while also sharpening its competitive edge in the rapidly growing international helicopter market. It will achieve this ambitious objective by removing one of the most fundamental limitations on helicopter performance: the need for rotor blades to have a single fixed geometry which is inherently a compromise between widely different operating conditions. SABRE envisions shape adaptive blades which can continuously change their shape to optimise performance in all conditions.

SABRE has a tightly cross-linked, dual stream research approach with emissions-focused rotor performance analysis running concurrently with morphing technology development. The analysis stream will combine comprehensive rotor analysis, high-fidelity aerodynamic and structural solvers, detailed morphing mechanism models, and emissions models, creating the most detailed, transdisciplinary, and comprehensive model of its type. The technology development stream will mature a selected group of novel, beyond state-of-the-art, helicopter focused morphing concepts through a carefully considered program of modelling, design and experimental testing efforts. The achievable performance of the morphing concepts will be fed back into the emissions analysis, and the analysis stream will guide the development of the technologies towards configurations which minimize emissions.

The role advertised here is focused on high fidelity aerodynamic modelling of morphing camber aerofoils. The Research Associate in SABRE Morphing Camber CFD will be responsible for the development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models of the FishBAC morphing camber concept and a related concept being researched by our partners at TU Delft. The RA will work closely with Dr. Benjamin Woods, Prof. Chris Allen, project partners, and a team of SABRE researchers at Bristol. They will attend project meetings hosted by the partners (in Italy, Germany, and The Netherlands) and will contribute to project deliverables and dissemination activities. There is also the opportunity to provide supervision of summer interns and undergraduate student projects and mentorship of PhD students.

This post is offered on a fixed term contract on a full or part time basis for up to 2 years.

For informal enquiries, please contact: Dr Benjamin King Sutton Woods (

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