Research Studentship in Experimental Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer Investigations in Modern Industrial Gas Turbine Combustors

3.5-year D.Phil studentship, available from MAN Energy Systems (subject to eligibility requirements below)

Research Area

In the future, the presence of power generation from renewable sources will impose new challenges and new operational realities on industrial gas turbines. Industrial gas turbines will be required to operate in much broader range of operating conditions. This will require development of new generation of combustors that will meet both the requirement for low emissions and flexible operation. The flow is characterized by complex, combustor wake interactions and persistent turbulent structures which have detrimental effect on aerothermal performance and life of downstream turbine components. Also, the level of Reynolds number in the first nozzle guide vane of small industrial gas turbine indicates transitional flow. Subsequently, the flowfield at the combustor-turbine interface of small industrial gas turbines is extremely complex both to measure and simulate. Detailed experimental work is needed to advance the understanding of the flow physics at the combustor-turbine interface.

The Oxford University Osney Thermo-Fluids Laboratory, a leading research institution in gas turbine technology, is starting a new research programme to investigate experimentally the complex flow structures and heat transfer within a model of a gas turbine combustor. A modular high-speed experimental facility representative of real engine conditions will be designed and detailed measurements of the flow-field will be performed using: hot wire anemometry, thin film technology, foreign gas sampling, infrared thermography and various pneumatic probes. This unique data set will advance state-of-the-art understanding of these complex flowfields and will form the basis of future technological advancement in this field. The laboratory works closely with global gas turbine manufacturers and there will be interaction with and possibility for collaboration with the leaders in this industry. The student will be a member of The Osney Thermo-Fluids laboratory will be supervised by Professor Budimir Rosic.

Award Value

The studentship covers course fees at the level set for UK/EU students (£7730 for the 2019-2020 academic year) plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of at least £14,777 (2018-2019 rate) per annum for 3.5 years.


This studentship is available to UK/EU applicants.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours (or equivalent) degree in Engineering
  • Experience in theoretical aerodynamics and heat transfer
  • Experience in CAD software
  • Experience in measurement systems
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Ability to program in Matlab
  • Experience in CFD
  • Experience in turbomachinery
  • Experience in LabView

Application Procedure

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to

  • CV
  • Covering letter (explaining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil and your research experience to date)
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees

NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship. Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application. Further details about making a graduate application are available at

Please quote 19ENGIN_BR in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Budimir Rosic ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Application deadline

28 February 2019

Start date

October 2019