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ISVR-Dyn-02 PhD Studentship: Open rotor aircraft en-route noise prediction

Applications are invited for a fully funded studentship in Open Rotor Aircraft En-Route Noise Prediction. The studentship will take place within the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Group at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton. Applications from both domestic and overseas candidates are welcomed.

An open rotor, or contra-rotating turbo-propeller is a novel aircraft engine currently being developed by Rolls-Royce plc. Thrust is produced by two contra-rotating ‘open', or un-shrouded rotors or propellers which are driven by a gas turbine housed within a central nacelle. There is a concern that open rotor aircraft may be audible when en-route in areas with very low background noise levels. Thus, a European project  entitled NINHA (Noise Impact of aircraft with Novel engine configurations in mid- to High Altitude operations) has been set up to quantify the en-route community noise which will be produced by open rotor powered aircraft. NINHA is a collaborative project involving major stakeholders and research institutions within the EU. The position will be funded by NINHA and the successful candidate will work primarily on meeting the objectives of the NINHA project. The work will involve using proprietary open rotor noise prediction methods in conjunction with experimental scale open rotor noise data to assess the en-route noise produced by an open rotor powered aircraft. The study will be largely theoretical and will involve a significant amount of data analysis. Some knowledge of acoustics would be ideal.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a good degree in a relevant engineering or physical sciences subject. Ideally the candidate will have some experience in acoustics/aeroacoustics or aeronautical engineering. Funding will be for three years with fees paid and a living allowance at the standard EPSRC rate (currently £13,590 per annum).  

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Michael Kingan, fluid dynamics and acoustics group, Email: mk@isvr.soton.ac.uk , Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2279.

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