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Gas Turbine Aerodynamics

Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics


The new EPSRC CDT has been established jointly by the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Loughborough, in close partnership with several leading industrial companies including Rolls-Royce and Siemens. The CDT program is designed to provide a unique research training opportunity for next generation graduate engineers in aerospace propulsion. The research programmes in the CDT are developed to help understand and address issues faced in current and future engine designs and to solve the related problems using innovative and integrated methods.

Traditional engine design and analysis have been largely component based. One of the biggest challenges faced in current and future aero-engine research and development is to unravel the science behind how engine components interact. The three universities have already had well-established world-leading research expertise in key engine components, compressor (Cambridge), combustion (Loughborough), and turbine (Oxford). The CDT will provide a powerful platform to train doctoral researchers to be able to address aerodynamic and heat transfer challenges, not only in the key engine components, but also in coupled, interactive, multi-disciplinary and systematic manners. A wide range of projects, either or both experimental instrumentation measurement and computation modelling/simulation based will be available. The main research themes of the CDT include:


  • Combustion-Turbine Interactions and Integration
  • Instrumentation and measurement for engine realistic conditions
  • Aerodynamics-Heat Transfer/Cooling Interactions
  • Aerothermal Optimization and Control
  • Fluid-Solid Aerothermal Interactions
  • Coupling and Interactions between Turbine Internal and External Flows
  • Multistage Turbine Aerothermal Interactions
  • Multi-scale Multi-fidelity Aerothermal Modelling

Gas Turbine Aerodynamics