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Job Record #17340
TitleAirframe aerodynamics and control using electric ducted fans
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Surrey
LocationUnited Kingdom, England, Guildford
InternationalNo, only national applications will be considered
Closure DateFriday, October 29, 2021
As part of the global push for the electrification of aviation, electric ducted fans (EDFs) are gaining increasing use to propel novel concepts emerging in the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) sector and beyond. In addition to use as an alternative means for thrust generation, the reduced weight of an EDF, compared to a turbofan, also makes it viable to rotate EDF units for UAM eVTOL operation. In this case, the number of EDF units and their location within an air-vehicle configuration must be considered from the outset as part of the overall air-vehicle design. Unconventional placement, combined with the possibility for rotation, means the aerodynamic and propulsion installation effects between an EDF and the airframe must be fully considered. These interactions will vary for differing operating conditions and differing throttle settings, with the potential to lead to critical control conditions. The transition from hover to forward flight will represent a particularly challenging requirement. However, there are also opportunities to utilise the interaction effects in a beneficial way, such as the use of EDFs as an alternative or supplemental control effectors, either directly by thrust vectoring and/or indirectly through localised powered airframe effects. This leads to an increased need to incorporate flight control design, alongside aerodynamics and propulsion installation, in overall air-vehicle design decisions. The project will utilise aerodynamic simulation (CFD and wind-tunnel), combined with flight control models, to investigate overall air-vehicle UAM design employing EDF modules. The project will benefit through close collaboration with Blue Bear Systems Research together with the wider research team within the Centre for Aerodynamics and Environmental Flow at the University of Surrey. We can offer this opportunity for a January 2022 start, with applications considered on a first-come-first-served basis. All facilities associated with our EnFlo laboratory and our fluid dynamics supercomputer cluster will be made available to the successful candidate. The support funding is ***only*** to U.K. nationals.
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NameDr Simao Marques
Email ApplicationYes
Phone+44 (0) 1483 688904
Address09AA02, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH, UK
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