PhD Student Position in Engine Design for Boundary Layer Ingestion

Chalmers University of Technology



Information About the Department
The Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2) conducts fundamental and applied research in all modes of transport to achieve sustainable technological solutions. M2 holds one of Sweden’s most extensive simulator centres for navigation and propulsion of ships, as well as world-class laboratories within combustion engineering and wind tunnels. The department also offers and contributes to bachelor and master programs in areas such as Shipping, Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, to mention a few. In addition, professional education is performed on both a national and international level, with specifically designed mission training for different societal actors within our ambition for lifelong learning. The department continuously strives to establish a cooperation between academia, industry, and society, with a great focus on utilization of our research results. M2 is characterized by an international environment with employees and students from around the world, as well as outstanding research and world-class education. M2 consists of seven different divisions within the areas of engineering and maritime sciences, and one division of administration and support.

Information About the Division
At the division of Fluid Dynamics, the research covers turbulent flow (compressible and incompressible), turbomachines, aero-acoustics, and multi-phase flow. Our tools include both computations and experiments. Our mission is to gain fundamental knowledge about turbulent incompressible and compressible flows through numerical and experimental research and develop new and improved computational and experimental techniques for the study of such flows in both fundamental and real-world environments. Our applied research is carried out in close cooperation with industry, both in national projects and in EU projects. Applications include aircraft, vehicles (cars, trucks, buses and trains, etc.), aircraft engines, water turbines and water power stations, wind turbines, aircraft engines, biotechnological applications, pharmaceutics, and paper and pulp industry. Our division is part of Chalmers Sustainable Transport Initiative, Chalmers eScience Initiative and Chalmers Energy Initiative.

This PhD project will be conducted at the research group turbomachinery and aero-acoustics in the division. This group has long-term expertise on future engine concept designs as well as multi-objective design optimization of compressor blades, rotorcraft aerodynamics, compressor design, unsteady aerodynamics and aero-acoustics on propeller blades, aerodynamic/performance optimization, computer programming. Special emphasis is on radical aircraft configurations, such as intercooler concepts, or boundary layer ingesting concept. The research on detailed turbulence characteristics (e.g., turbomachinery, jet flows and noise) has developed and applied the CFD methods and tools for DNS, LES, hybrid RANS/LES, unsteady-RANS, RANS, linearized Navier-Stokes equations, turbulence modeling, semi-empirical stochastic modeling, numerical schemes, finite volume method, finite element method, boundary element method, coupling approaches for fluid-structural interaction, shape optimization, and active flow and noise control strategies. The methods and tools developed by us have been incorporated into our in-house codes (G3D::Flow, etc.,), open-source codes (OpenFOAM, etc.) and commercial soft wares (ANSYS, STAR-CCM+, etc.).

Information About the Project
The PhD position is funded by a large Clean Sky 2 project on conceptual boundary layer ingestion (BLI) aircraft, aiming to reduce exhausts (CO2, NOx and noise, etc.) for creation of a sustainable society. The Chalmers group aims to develop an advanced method to design and optimize engines for various conceptual BLI architectures. The method will be implemented based on our in-house code GESTPAN. The method can take into account the specific features of BLI installation. At the end of the project, the method is expected to be beyond the art. The work will be performed in close collaboration with one eminent aerospace EU enterprise and four famous EU research organizations with recognized long-period research track in the field of aircraft propulsion systems. In addition, the PhD will obtain a unique chance to establish wide contacts with seniors from the Swedish aeronautic industry.

Major Responsibilities
As a PhD student, the major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing in English.

Other duties:
• Teaching duty and other department duties for the minimum amount of 10% of total working hours.
• Full-time temporary employment for 4,5-5 years depending on the amount of department duties, where 10% is a minimum.

Position Summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or in a relevant field of turbomachinery or fluid mechanics. As you will work in close collaboration with an eminent EU aeronautic enterprise and five famous EU research organizations, sound verbal and written communication skills in English are required.

We believe that you are a motivated person, with a curiosity and a genuine wish to learn more and develop your skills and knowledge further in the fields of research. You have an analytical ability and you like to work in interdisciplinary projects and you have the ability to discuss and communicate your work with people of different backgrounds.

Other merits could be:
• Profound knowledge of mathematics.
• Skills in computer programming (C, C++, Fortran, Python, etc.).
• Knowledge in data analysis (data mining, etc.).
• Swedish is not required, but you will be encouraged to learn Swedish during employment. 

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Application Procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190325 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal Letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other Documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application Deadline: 31 July 2019

For questions, please contact:
Hua-Dong Yao,
Tomas Grönstedt,

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