A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in Turbomachinery at the Department of Engineering. The post holder will join the Rolls-Royce funded University Gas Turbine Partnership's turbines research group at the Whittle Laboratory on the West Cambridge site. In addition to pushing the boundaries of understanding in an academic sense, this group aims to deliver industrially relevant research within time-scales that will enable the work to have a significant impact on the next generation of aero-engine designs. The post holder will interact with other researchers and staff within the Whittle Laboratory as well as Rolls-Royce engineers.
This project is being led by Dr John Longley in collaboration with Rolls-Royce. The aim is to develop fundamental understanding about how surface topography (roughness, characteristic lengthscale) affect the boundary layer development on turbine blades. The knowledge gained will be used to generate design rules for the effects of advanced materials and in-service deterioration on turbine performance. The work will cover all aspects of turbine aerodynamics and heat transfer, including detailed design, testing and development. Large-scale models of surface topology will be used in a wind tunnel to determine boundary layer development at realistic Reynolds numbers in turbine-like pressure gradients.
The successful candidate will have obtained or is close to obtaining a PhD in turbine aerodynamics or related subject; have experience in undertaking experimental research using wind-tunnels, and data processing using high-level languages. Experience in undertaking turbomachinery CFD calculations will be preferred.
The project is likely to have a considerable impact on the next generations of engine design, as well as academic impact. Thus the post-holder would likely be in exceptionally good standing for future academic work and/or industrial roles by the end of the post.