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Aerodynamic Analysis and Flow Control


Expertise of research area
aerodynamics; aircraft; computational fluid dynamics; flow control; heavy goods vehicles; high speed trains; wings

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This research area primarily focuses on applied computational aerodynamics using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for low and high-speed applications. Of particular interest is the development of active flow control, transonic and supersonic aircraft designs and minimising the excrescence drag on aircraft, high-speed trains and related vehicles.

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<p>There are significant economic and health benefits to improving the aerodynamic design of the real-life road, rail and air vehicles by reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.</p> <p>Postgratuate research projects offered in this area aim to address some of the flow fundamentals as well as developing realistic design solutions of benefit to manufacturers. Past projects and areas of current/future interest include:</p> <ul> <li>performance improvements of commercial-scale vertical and horizontal axis word turbines via passive and active flow control methods</li> <li>distributed electric propulsion system designs for civil and light aircraft</li> <li>multi-objective aerodynamic shape optimisation of heavy goods vehicles (HGV&rsquo;s)</li> <li>surface excrescence drag reduction on aircraft and trains by examining the fundamentals of small-scale flow phenomena due to surface discontinuities</li> <li>the application of artificial intelligence to supplement knowledge-based design in high-end manufacturing</li> </ul> <p>Find out more about the <a href="">Institute of Thermofluids</a>.</p> <h5>Why do your PhD at Leeds?&nbsp;</h5> <p><strong>96% of our research is world-leading (REF 2021)&nbsp;</strong><br /> At Leeds, our research addresses the most prevalent real-world challenges &ndash; providing solutions that have had both a national and global impact.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Study in an active research environment&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying your PhD with us means you&rsquo;ll be working in a professional research environment, using UK-leading facilities to bring your project to life &ndash; alongside active researchers who are at the forefront of their area.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>A strong network of support &nbsp;</strong><br /> The Leeds Doctoral College connects our community of researchers and can offer you the guidance, services and opportunities you&rsquo;ll need to get the most out of your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Close industry links&nbsp;</strong><br /> Our partnerships and links to companies and academic institutions give you the opportunity to network at industry talks, seminars and conferences, building connections that&#39;ll benefit your next steps after you complete your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Professional skills development &nbsp;</strong><br /> We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That&rsquo;s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that&#39;ll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Personal and wellbeing services&nbsp;</strong><br /> Mental health and wellbeing support are integral to who we are at Leeds and you&rsquo;ll have access to the full range of services we offer to ensure you&rsquo;re feeling your best &ndash; and reaching your potential in your studies.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Join our global community&nbsp;</strong><br /> We welcome students, researchers, academics, partners and alumni from more than 140 countries, all over the world. This means, as a university, we&rsquo;re bringing together different cultures and perspectives which helps strengthen our research &ndash; and societal impact.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees within the School of Mechanical Engineering</a></li> <li><a href="">Institute of Thermofluids</a></li> <li><a href="">School of Mechanical Engineering, Research and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact&nbsp;<a href="">Dr Carl Gilkeson</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:</p> <p>e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 34 35057</p>

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