PhD Studentship in Improving Dynamic Finite Element Analysis of Aircraft During Landing

University of Southampton School of Engineering

PhD Studentship - Improving Dynamic Finite Element Analysis of Aircraft During Landing

Institute of Sound & Vibration Research

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Friday 15 April 2022
Reference:  1695422DA

Project title:               Improving Dynamic Finite Element Analysis of Aircraft During Landing

Supervisory Team:    Drs N S Ferguson and T P Waters

Project description

This iCASE funded PhD project aims to develop novel dynamic modelling techniques that improve aircraft acceleration response predictions seen during dynamic landing simulations for civil aeroplanes when validated against flight test measurements. The project also includes the potential for further demonstration through experimental testing. Airbus, the industrial sponsor, recognises the need to improve the predictions to assist in better understanding potential new structural configurations in the design space of sustainable aircraft that might need to accommodate large concentrated mass (e.g. hydrogen tanks, fuel cells or batteries) in the future.

The PhD will involve a combination of analytical, numerical and experimental work for which you will receive academic training through taught technical modules. You will become a member of a vibrant research group within the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR see ), a unique department that explores all areas of research encompassing sound and vibration. Our staff and research students come from an eclectic mix of backgrounds, and applications are strongly encouraged from a wide range of disciplines including mathematics, physics and engineering.

The mix of a real physical engineering problem requiring solutions, and the provision of industrial input, feedback and support should help you to establish a successful career in structural dynamics that is transferable to many other applications. The project will be led by Dr Ferguson (see ) a member of the Dynamics Research Group (see ).

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally or to get some initial feedback on your suitability, please contact Dr Neil Ferguson Dynamics Research Group, ISVR, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 593225.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold/achieve a minimum of a master’s degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Applicants without a Masters qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a suitable first-class undergraduate degree. You must also satisfy the university’s general requirements to study for a PhD at the University (see ). Successful applicants must undergo security clearance by Airbus, the industrial sponsor, before the studentship is confirmed, as it is a requirement to spend a period of time at their site in Filton, Bristol, UK.

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 15 April 2022 in order to commence the research programme for the academic year beginning October 2022.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £15,609 tax-free per annum for 4 years plus an additional amount up to £5,000 p.a. from the industrial sponsor for 4 years. There is no additional funding to cover the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees.

How To Apply

Apply online . Select programme type (Research), 2021/22, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD  Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Neil Ferguson 

Applications should include: 

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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