EPSRC iCase PhD in Engineering: Multidisciplinary robust optimization of early-stage aircraft wing design under uncertainty

Key facts

Application deadline 30 June 2018
Start date 1 October 2018
Duration 4 years
Funding body EPSRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships One

EPSRC Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) provide funding for PhD studentships where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice. Find out more information about the DTP and industrial CASE projects.

This EPSRC Industrial CASE 4 year PhD Scholarship is in collaboration with Airbus, and will include a period of training at their research facility in Filton.

Background

Early aircraft design must cope with uncertainties that exist due to lack of design maturity, lack of knowledge about aerodynamic loads and constraints as well as model form uncertainties due to lack of confidence in the underlying physics simulation models.

The ability to properly account for these uncertainties in early stage aircraft design optimisation becomes a key enabler for industry to properly trade optimum performance against the risks of achieving the performance and meeting the constraints (including key constraints on time to market).

Aims and methods

The project aims to build a Bayesian inference-based data-driven optimisation framework for robust design and optimisation of aircraft structures under a set of stringent design constraints imposed by considerations of weight penalty, flexibility in flight conditions, flight envelopes and risk minimisation. The specific application area for this work is related to the optimisation of the “jig twist” in the manufacture tooling of Airbus and the impacts of this in terms of the achieved flight shape, aerodynamic performance, and on the overall design loads envelope.

You will be expected to produce high quality journal articles for scientific publication during the course of the PhD and would be expected to participate and present your research in international conferences.

Research training environment

You will benefit from an excellent research training environment provided by the Applied and Computational Mechanics group at Cardiff School of Engineering and Airbus.

Airbus is a world leader in wing design, engineering and manufacturing and is a key centre for the design, testing and integration of fuel systems and landing gear. Airbus would host and train you at their research facility in Filton for about 15% of this four year PhD studentship. You will also receive training in the use of high performance computing facilities which will provided at both Cardiff and Airbus.

Supervisors

Contact

Abhishek Kundu

Dr Abhishek Kundu

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email:
kundua2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5953

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered A stipend enhancement of up to £2400 per annum is also available. Additional funding would be made available to the student for attending international conferences, travel and research consumables.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

You should have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK. Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will be considered if they also have a Master’s degree.

Applicants with a minimum Upper Second Class degree and significant relevant non-academic experience are also encouraged to apply.

You are also expected to fulfil the following criterion in order to be considered for this position:

  • A four year bachelor degree or a master degree in engineering (Mechanical / Civil / Aerospace or related areas) or fundamental sciences (Mathematics/Physics)
  • A good background in coding in Matlab / Python / Fortran / C
  • Good academic track record and communication skills

To be eligible for a full award you must have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK and must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship (not as a student).

Contact

Abhishek Kundu

Dr Abhishek Kundu

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email:
kundua2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5953

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the PhD in Engineering with a 1 October 2018 start date.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research. Please quote “CASE-AK-2018" when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for".

Please also include your CV as a supporting document with your application.

Please email Dr Abhishek Kundu with any queries that you might have regarding the position.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Abhishek Kundu

Dr Abhishek Kundu

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email:
kundua2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5953

Funding opportunity provided by:

Tuition fee discount of £3,400 for eligible Welsh and EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.

Eligible research programmes