I am studying for an interdisciplinary MSc/PhD in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics: 2014-2018
PhD Project Title: Modelling of Novel Heat Exchangers for Aircraft Thermal Management
I graduated Mechanical Engineering at Aston University Birmingham in 2014. During the degree I have done a placement at Cummins Turbo Technologies where I was a rotor systems placement engineer for 14 months. I was a part of a team which worked with other departments throughout a lifecycle of a turbocharger which included research and development of different bearing systems of next generation automotive turbochargers. During the time in industry I have also carried out individual research work for improvement of research techniques.
My main research interests are within fluid dynamics problems in engineering applications. I am particularly interested in heat transfer, aerodynamics research, modelling combustion in engines and power generation sector.
Future advanced military aircraft face an appreciable technical challenge to design thermal management systems of adequate capacity within installation constraints. Various heat exchangers (HE) constitute key components within aircraft thermal management systems and have a strong determining effect on overall system performance and feasibility. Novel manufacturing techniques (e.g. ALM) provide exciting opportunities for innovative HE geometry. This research will investigate and evaluate novel HE design for future aircraft thermal management and assess opportunities to improve thermal performance. Numerical thermofluids and CFD (such as OpenFOAM) modelling approaches will be used to develop validated models of existing and conceptual HE designs. The project will involve working alongside BAE Systems and a specialist HE supplier.
I chose CDT in Fluid Dynamics because optimised fluid dynamics behaviour is of the importance in many engineering applications. Also, the CDT is highly interdisciplinary which gives an unique chance to understand fluid dynamics from vast range of perspectives. In addition, CDT has many links with industry and other academic institutions which is beneficial during research and enables to build a professional network.