EPSRC iCASE PhD in Engineering: Novel gas turbine combustor designs for flexible power generation using additive layer manufacturing

Key facts

Application deadline 31 May 2018
Start date 1 October 2018
Duration 4 years.
Funding body EPSRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

Cardiff University’s Gas Turbine Research Centre (GTRC) specialises in detailed characterisation of GT combustors through advanced laser diagnostics and optical combustors.

GTRC recently manufactured, using Renishaw ALM, water-cooled nozzles which could not be built otherwise for an idealised burner.  The aim of this Renishaw co-funded PhD project is to take the next logical step to optimise ALM for novel GT combustor designs, where surface finish, air and fuel injection, and cooling are critical to avoid inefficient combustion and/or excessive emissions.

Carbon-free fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia will be a specific focus, in particular ‘rich-quench-lean’ combustor technologies.  The novel designs will then be fully characterised  at GTRC using a suite of optical, acoustic, and emissions measurement as well as modelling techniques to evaluate future market potential.



Postgraduate Research Admissions, School of Engineering

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered With an annual enhancement of at £2000.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a good first degree and/or a Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent) in an appropriate subject area.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

The studentship is open to: UK students; EU students who have been resident in the UK for three years at the course start date; other candidates who can demonstrate a connection to the UK, usually through residency. Other EU applications may be eligible for a fees-only award.


Postgraduate Research Admissions, School of Engineering

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with a October 2018 start date.

In the "Research proposal and Funding" 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 add “EPSRC iCASE PhD in Engineering: Novel Gas Turbine Combustor Designs for Flexible Power Generation using Additive Layer Manufacturing" when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for".

Additionally, interested applicants are invited to send a CV and covering email/letter to Engineering-PGR@Cardiff.ac.uk.

Pleasse ensure that you quote the studentship reference PB/iCASE2018 in the email subject field.

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


Postgraduate Research Admissions, School of Engineering

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

Eligible research programmes