Research Fellow - Hydrogen Micromix Combustion
Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. 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 grow at an excellent rate with immense opportunities in the future. With continued success and growth, the Centre is now offering exciting opportunities to work on and be a part of path breaking future research.
The Centre’s large international activity encompasses applied research, industrial short courses and leading MSc and PhD programmes. The research interests of the Centre include gas turbine simulation, engine performance and diagnostics, combustion, propulsion system integration and installation, integrated aircraft/ rotorcraft and propulsion system performance, development and assessment of novel cycles and assessment of gas turbine operation/ performance across the spectrum of power and propulsion applications. It has in the past contributed extensively to various EU framework programs and global research ventures and hence enjoys global visibility and extensive links with industry.
This position is within the Gas Turbine Engineering Group, in the Propulsion Engineering Centre and will be funded via the H2020 Collaborative Project – ENABLEH2 (ENABLing cryogEnic Hydrogen-based CO2-free air transport). The project partners include Arttic, Chalmers University, Cranfield University (Project Coordinators), The European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Association, GKN Aerospace, Heathrow Airport, London South Bank University and Safran. The project will commence in September 2018.
You will be the technical lead of the ENABLEH2 project, hydrogen micromix combustion systems work package. The main responsibilities will include:
- Ensuring excellence and timely delivery of all the ENABLEH2 project deliverables related to the analytical and experimental research and innovation for hydrogen micromix combustion systems.
- LES and RANS CFD modelling and optimisation of single injector, injector array and full annular combustor segment design.
- Participation in student supervision, organisational, management and dissemination activities in support of the project.
Applications are invited from self-motivated individuals with a PhD degree (or close to completion) in modelling of gas turbine combustion systems or a closely related aerospace engineering discipline. Experience as a technical lead of a research project (including technical lead of MSc research or equivalent projects) is essential, as is significant experience with CAD and RANS and LES CFD software, particularly for gas turbine combustion modelling. Knowledge of fundamentals of gas turbine theory and performance, as well as gas turbine combustors and combustion are essential. You will work very closely with the existing team of the Propulsion Engineering Centre and you will make a key contribution to hydrogen mircomix combustion research and the ENABLEH2 project. Beyond this, MSc and PhD student supervision activities within the Centre will also be required.
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