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Job Record #16443
TitleLarge Amplitude Gust Interaction
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Southampton
LocationUnited Kingdom, Southampton
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateMonday, August 31, 2020
Description:
PhD Studentship - Simulation of Large-amplitude Gust Interaction with Rigid 
Wings

Supervisor: Prof. Andrea Da Ronch

Project description 

This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-driven student to 
join a vibrant team with a well-proved expertise in nonlinear computational 
aeroelasticity and aerodynamics. The research project is driven by the 
technologies underpinning next-generation aerospace systems. The team has 
recently obtained the 2018 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Best Technical 
Paper Award!

Due to their small size and low speed, maintaining controlled flight of an 
unmanned air vehicle that operates in a dynamic and complex environment is 
challenging. Therefore, there is need to gain a deeper understanding of the 
unsteady flow physics for moderate to large gust intensities that violate the 
assumptions of linear aerodynamic models. The project addresses this problem 
from the two extremes of the dimensionality spectrum. From one side, high-
fidelity computational fluid dynamics simulations are the main source of 
information to further improve our understanding of the dynamic interaction 
of large-amplitude gust with rigid wings. From the other side, we want to 
develop reduced-order models for applications requiring real-time simulation 
results, such as the development of mitigation strategies to increase the 
resilience of the unmanned air vehicle to unsteadiness in the surrounding 
environment.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to further develop analytical and 
computational skills, work closely with team members, and submit the research 
results to high-quality journals. The applicant is also expected to visit one 
or more overseas institutions throughout the duration of the PhD programme. 
After three years of study, the successful applicant will be well-prepared 
for a rewarding industrial or academic career, leveraging on the network of 
contacts created as part of the research project.

The successful applicant will have an excellent background in physics, 
engineering or applied mathematics, and programming experience. It is 
desirable to have familiarity with a computational fluid dynamics software or 
experimental fluid mechanics. The three-year studentship is available to 
UK/EU students only with an enhanced stipend. Applications are welcome from 
outstanding overseas applicants. However, the applicants must make 
appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the overseas and UK 
tuition fees.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact 
Prof. Andrea Da Ronch, Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Research Group, Email: 
a.da-ronch@soton.ac.uk.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its 
international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 
for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending 
on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an 
enhanced stipend for up to 3.5 years.

How to apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” 
as the programme. Please enter Andrea Da Ronch under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include:

Research Proposal
Curriculum Vitae
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
Apply online: www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-
applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #16443 when responding to this ad.
NameAndrea Da Ronch
Emaila.da-ronch@soton.ac.uk
Email ApplicationYes
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