Research Fellow in Aircraft Design Modelling Methods and Tools
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The design of complex engineering systems such as those developed in the aerospace industry evolves over long periods of time. This allows OEMs to build and continuously validate sets of empirical methods for the conceptual design of the next product generation. In addition to the significant financial risks involved and the safety levels required, this practice has contributed to a rather conservative approach to innovation. For example, the civil aerospace industry has for many years been perfecting the classical “tube and wing” aircraft configuration, which is now reaching the point of diminishing returns. Therefore the synthesis and exploration of novel product and systems architectures necessitates the research, development and introduction of novel methods and tools to facilitate the requisite design processes.
The work will focus on systems architecting, in particular on methods and tools for rapid systems synthesis and analysis at pre-competitive and conceptual design stage. The aim is to develop an interactive tool enabling the system architect to navigate seamlessly through the requirements, functional, logical and physical views of the evolving architecture. Associated challenges include the orchestration of multilevel physics-based models into a consistent and interactive (human-centric) multidisciplinary computational system, through a component-driven modularisation of the constituent disciplines, for example, (aerodynamic) loads, weights, performance and so forth.
The research work is part of a flagship UK aeronautical project, led by two world renowned aircraft and engine manufacturers. The case studies used by our industrial collaborators for concept evaluation and validation include airframe systems modelling and power plant integration.
Candidates are expected to be confident and independent researchers and as a minimum will have a PhD degree (or close to completion) in aeronautical, aerospace or mechanical engineering, combined with good computing skills, the ability to work in a team and to deliver to a deadline. Good knowledge and experience in one or more of the following subjects is essential: aircraft structural design and analysis, propulsion integration, uncertainty modelling, multidisciplinary design and optimisation. Knowledge and experience with object-oriented modelling, SysML, Matlab, Python and C# would be very advantageous.
For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Marin Guenov, Head of Centre for Aeronautics, on (T); +44 (0)1234 754612 or (E); M.D.Guenov@cranfield.ac.uk