Fully Funded PhD Scholarship at Swansea University
PhD 4 years Swansea, UK
Uploaded 20 Feb 2020
The aim of the project will be to develop a novel mesh-based optimisation system that can be used in conjunction with methods developed by Dr Evans that can exploit evolutionary algorithms and ‘human in the loop’ optimisation techniques. The project will explore novel methods for integrating complex design constraints into the optimisation process as well as exploring implementations of multi-objective optimisation. Supervision will be provided by Dr Evans and aerodynamics engineers at REL to ensure that outcomes support the ongoing Skylon development programme. The CFD platform that will be used is the FLITE3D CFD system  used for the design of the Airbus A380 and Bloodhound Land Speed Record car.
The successful candidate will be an integral part of the Reaction Engines team and will provide us with a greater understanding of the optimal geometric configuration of winged, reusable launch vehicles, transonic modelling capabilities and optimization techniques for future work.
Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (completed or predicted) (or its equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, computer science or other relevant discipline.
Candidates should be interested in aerospace engineering and computational methods, and have an aptitude and ability in computational thinking and methods including the ability to write software.
We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) to be met by point of application.