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Phd Position Investigation and Control of Supersonic Shock Boundary Layer Interactions and Shock Induced Fluid-Structure Interactions

TEAMAero - Towards Effective Flow Control and Mitigation of Shock Effects in Aeronautical Applications
The main objective of TEAMAero is to develop new scientific knowledge, capabilities, and technologies for aeronautics industry.

The researchers recruited in TEAMAero will investigate emerging technologies through laboratory experiments, theoretical modelling and numerical simulations addressing aspects of shock wave boundary layer interaction and flow control methods. It is essential for the development of future, more efficient aircrafts and engines. The aviation industry is entering an era of new technology and requires high-performance wings, control surfaces, intakes and turbomachinery blades, where transonic flow is common and the formation of shock waves is the key aerodynamic challenge.

The multidisciplinary topics addressed in TEAMAero are scientifically challenging and of high technological and economical relevance, promising interesting career perspectives in academic and multi-sectorial industrial environments. The recruited ESRs will acquire a broad range of advanced and transferable skills within a unique, innovative, multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral training environment. Regular workshops, training schools and secondments to other EU academic and industrial partners will allow them to develop a broad range of valuable transferable skills.

A total of 15 PhD positions are available at 7 universities, 3 research centres and 2 companies, in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network (ETN) TEAMAero.

Research Objectives
The primary objective of the investigation is to obtain information on the instantaneous three-dimensional structure of a shockwave-boundary layer interaction over rigid and flexible panel and the effect of flow control devices. The study considers a turbulent interaction with Mach number in the low supersonic range at high Reynolds number conditions and its control with vortex generator devices. The emphasis will be on the characterisation of the three-dimensional dynamics within the interaction. For this non-intrusive (optical) measurement techniques such as stereo/tomographic particle image velocimetry and particle tracking velocimetry will be used as main diagnostic technique. For obtaining temporal information (time scales) the use of hot-wire anemometry (secondment with IUSTI) and dual-tomo-PIV will be applied. In case of a flexible panel, high speed digital image correlation is foreseen to measure the structural response of the panel to the flow. Different vortex- generator geometries may be studied, such as microramps, zigzag strips, and jets. The experimental work will be validated/compared with CFD in collaboration with IUSTI (France) and University of Rome, La Sapienza (Italy).

Expected results
The investigation is expected to deliver a unique volumetric data set representation, allowing the characterisation of the three-dimensional structure of the interaction. Comparison between interactions with and without control can provide evidence on the control mechanisms affecting the interaction, which is further quantified through a systematic study of different control conditions. Furthermore the effect of the panel flexibility on the interaction and its control will be quantified.

Preferred candidate profile:
MSc in engineering or applied physics
  • Strong background in (compressible) fluid mechanics
  • Background in experimental fluid mechanics and optics is a plus
  • Affinity with practical/experimental work
  • Affinity with computer programming/scripting (Matlab/Python)
  • Good social skills

Conditions of employment
Delft University of Technology provides an attractive, internationally-oriented academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct first-rate research.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels. This implies a minimum of €2523 and a maximum of € 2972 gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (salary scale 10, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
Delft University of Technology offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Delft University of Technology. The Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Starting date: preferably November 2020 - January 2021.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world-class results in education, research and innovation. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers both in business and in a social context. TU Delft offers 16 Bachelor’s and 32 Master’s programmes to more than 23,000 students. Our scientific staff consists of 3,500 staff members and 2,800 PhD candidates. Together we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Aerospace Engineering
The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 250 PhD candidates and over 2,700 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond.

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The Department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy and Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) is one of four departments composing Aerospace Engineering. Fundamental research is performed in the Aerodynamics section. Aircraft design, propulsion systems and their integration are the main topics in the FPP section. Wind energy systems, from small wind turbines to large offshore farms, are the objective of the research of the Wind Energy Section. The department operates comprehensive laboratories, equipped with modern wind tunnels and state-of-the-art measurement systems.

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Delft, Zuid-Holland, NL

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