PhD Studentship - High-fidelity experimental fluid mechanics for future flight and sustainable environment

PhD Studentship - High-fidelity experimental fluid mechanics for future flight and sustainable environment

United Kingdom 31 Aug 2021
The University of Southampton

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Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering


Boldrewood Campus

Closing Date:  

Tuesday 31 August 2021



Supervisory Team:    Bharathram Ganapathisubramani

Project description

There are multiple PhD projects to work on development and application of high-fidelity experimental methods to study the fluid mechanics of problems relevant to future flight and sustainable environment. Some possible topics include:

  • Turbulent boundary layer flows over porous and rough surfaces 

  • Hydrodynamics of mutually interacting flapping wings/foils

  • Turbulent shear flows past cavities, gaps and obstacles 

  •  These fundamental topics have applications in varied areas in engineering and environment. For example, the first topic is relevant to drag of aircraft wings as well as urban planning/pollution. The second one is pertinent to renewable energy generation or understanding fish swimming/schooling. Finally, the third topic is critical to jet engines and to model flow over forests/canopies. 

    In all of these topics, you will:

    • design new experiments that can be carried out in state-of-the-art facilities (brand-new wind tunnel, water flume and/or an aeroacoustic wind tunnel)

    • obtain high-fidelity experimental data using advanced flow diagnostic methods such as 3D Particle Image Velocimetry and Particle Tracking Methods.

    • use advanced analysis techniques (Decomposition methods, Machine Learning, Data Assimilation etc) to better understand the flow mechanisms and develop predictive capabilities

     All of the projects are open-ended, and the details will be tailored to suit your interests and skills. You will have a unique opportunity to work alongside other team members (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) with diverse background and experience. You will be trained in using state-of-the-art diagnostics and advanced data-analysis methods that will enable you to pursue a career in academia or industry. Further information on the type of projects carried out in our lab as well information on current lab members can be found in our website ( ).

    If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Bharathram Ganapthisubramani, Aerodyanmics and Flight Mechanics Research Group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2305.

    Entry Requirements

    a Bachelors/Masters degree in Engineering with interest (and some experience) in carrying out experimental work. A strong mathematical and computing (MATLAB, PYTHON etc.) foundation is crucial for development of data analysis codes and subsequent model synthesis.

    Closing date : applications should be received no later than 31 August 2021 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

    Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £15,609 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

    How To Apply

    Applications should be made 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 Bharathram Ganapathisubramani 

    Applications should include

    Curriculum Vitae

    Two reference letters

    Degree Transcripts to date

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