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Postgraduate research project

Landing gear aerodynamics and aeroacoustics

Competition funded View fees and funding
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

This PhD project provides a unique opportunity to work on aerodynamics and aeroacoustics of landing gears at the Airbus Noise Technology Centre (ANTC), part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

The unsteady turbulent wake generated by a deployed landing gear leads to noise radiation to the ground causing environment problems. The turbulent wake is a challenge to model correctly and accurately in conventional computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

In this PhD project, you’ll combine experimental, CFD, and modelling techniques. Existing models in literature are empirical and semi-empirical in nature, using empirical constants to fit standard source characteristics to specific components. In this project, you will generate experimental data in our new Anechoic Wind Tunnel to validate and enhance a physics-based landing gear noise prediction model. The aim is to develop a greater understanding of the role of anisotropy in turbulent wakes on fan outlet guide vane (OGV) interaction noise.

You’ll work closely with one of the largest aerospace companies in the world and explore relevant problems in the industry. You will have strong mathematical and computational skills and a good understanding of turbulence. Some wind tunnel experience is desirable not is not essential.

Airbus Noise Technology Centre (ANTC)

ANTC was opened in November 2008 at the University of Southampton. It is the result of the long-standing collaboration between Airbus and the university on a range of research and development projects. The centre brings together academic staff, research fellows and PhD students using state-of-the-art computer simulations and wind tunnel testing to solve industrially relevant problems.