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Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics has strong expertise in the area of Fluids Engineering and with its multidisciplinary roles has made major impact on engineering systems on land, sea, in the air and in outer space; from nano-scale project like medical implants to large-scale projects like aero-space stations.

The department welcomes research degree applications from candidates whose interests align with those of our academic staff. Currently there are more than 60 research students researching different topics at the Fluid Engineering Centre. Research students are central to research activity in the department. Our goal is to support talented individuals who wish to develop their research skills, to undertake rigorous and inspirational research and ultimately to obtain an MPhil or PhD qualification. Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a record of high academic achievement. The minimum requirement is a good first undergraduate MEng degree or MSc in a relevant subject from a UK university, or a recognised equivalent from an overseas institution.

In exceptional cases, we will consider applications from individuals who has a BEng degree in a relevant discipline but with a first class honours and relevant work experience. We will also consider applications from individuals with extensive professional experience in the area of their proposed research.

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants whose first language is not English. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

Course modules

Controllability of Saturating Crossflow Vortices;
Influence of attachment line flow on form drag;
Cavitation Erosion;
Singing Propellers: Understanding the mechanisms and developing design guidance;
The development of a method to estimate ship-produced atmospheric CO2 emissions;
Numerical Investigation of droplet impingement on non-flat surfaces;
Simulation of Flight Dynamics of Bee-Shaped Objects;
Modelling of Cavitation in Diesel Injector Nozzles;
Profiling for optimal application of screw compressor rotors;
Evaluation of multiphase flows at the suction of screw compressor;
Instabilities and Soot Formation in High Pressure Explosion Flames;
The optical characterisation of cavitation flow in diesel fuel injection equipment;
Real time simulation system for floating offshore wind turbine;
Numerical simulations on large ship motions under freak waves;
Internal Flow Characteristics of Multi-hole Injectors for IC engines;
Correlating Liner Oil Film Composition with Engine Oil Consumption;
Control of turbulent boundary layers using flexible filaments;
Design of Electric Vehicle Propulsion Systems Incorporating Flywheel Energy Storage;
An investigation into Electric Supercharging for emission reduction by means of engine downsizing;
Experimental and Numerical Studies on Oil Spillage from Damaged Oil Tanks;
Analytical and experimental investigation of a Micro-gas turbine for concentrated solar power applications;
Development of a 10-30 kWe waste heat recovery-organic rankine cycle;
Advanced design and manufacturing of screw rotor profile;
Increasing effectiveness of investment in aviation safety and quality; or
Holistic Risk Management in Commercial Air Transport.

Assessment methods

Research can be performed in topics related to computational and experimental fluid dynamics and their applications to IC engines, compressors and turbines, various fluid machinery (injectors, pumps, propellers, fly wheels, marine systems etc), flow control, boundary layer drag reduction, supersonic flow, energy conversion systems. In the area of CFD expertise exists in the development of numerical methods and physical models for multi-phase flows and cavitation, turbulence modelling (LES and DNS), fluid-structure interaction, phase-change processes (cavitation and vaporisation), liquid sprays and combustion processes. In the area of experimental fluid dynamics expertise exists in laser diagnostics (LDV, PDA, PIV, LIF among other) and instrumentation of various sensors for recording the performance of various machines and wind tunnel testing.

Sponsorship information

City offers doctoral studentships on a competitive basis each year.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 4,500 (Year 1) England 3 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2018 2,250 (Year 1) Scotland 5 5 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 9,600 (Year 1) International 3 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2018 2,250 (Year 1) Wales 5 5 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 4,500 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 3 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 4,500 (Year 1) Scotland 3 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 4,500 (Year 1) Wales 3 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2018 2,250 (Year 1) England 5 5 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2018 4,800 (Year 1) International 5 5 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2018 2,250 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 5 5 Years

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