EPSRC iCase PhD in Engineering: Multidisciplinary robust optimisation of early-stage aircraft wing design under uncertainty
|Application deadline||31 August 2018|
|Start date||1 October 2018|
|Level of study||Postgraduate research|
|Award type||PhD studentship|
|Number of studentships||One|
EPSRC Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science and 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 four year PhD scholarship is in collaboration with Airbus, and will include a period of training at their research facility in Filton.
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
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.
|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.|
|Residency||UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply|
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:
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).
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.
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