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Location University of Queensland, UQ Graduate School
App. deadline 18/07/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Novel geometry generation, meshing, and adjoint optimisation of radial turbines ($32,082 per year)

About The University of Queensland's School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering maintains a world class reputation and is at the cutting-edge of engineering education, research and expert consultation across the fields of mechanical, materials, mining, aerospace and mechatronic engineering. 

The School’s reputation for research excellence attracts academia from around the world.  Our diverse research programs address the evolving needs of industry and society, and contribute to economic and social development. The School’s established research strengths in hypersonics, light metals, geothermal energy and mining technology are complemented by continued growth in areas such as solar thermal, composites, metals manufacturing, and rock mechanics.

About the project

Current methods to generate radial turbine geometries are generally based on CAD tool (e.g. ANSYS Bladegen). The resulting aerodynamic features are not necessarily optimum in regards to fluid dynamic performance. To address this we have started the development of a novel geometry generation code which uses streamlines and parametric cross-sections to generate rotor shapes.

This approach has a number of advantages, including better optimisation possibilities and integration with additive manufacturing methods. Furthermore academics at the school have developed an adjoint optimisation methodology in the UQ in-house code.

As part of this project you would be expected to perform the following:

  • Develop code in python to enhance geometry generation and meshing capabilities
  • Couple outputs with Finite Element Analysis tools to assess structural performance
  • Interact with manufacturing engineers to correctly incorporate additive manufacturing capabilities
  • Run CFD simulation of the rotor (and stator)
  • Adapt the UQ in-house code to conduct adjoint optimisation of the prototypes.

A sound understanding of CAD, compressible fluid dynamics and programming (python) are essential for successful completion of this project.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Ingo Jahn.

Dr Jahn has an additional project and scholarship available: Experimental and numerical investigation of Fluid Structure Control Interactions in Hypersonic Flows. Details can be found here.

Scholarship funding details

To be eiligible for this top-up scholarship, applicants must also apply for and be awarded an RTP scholarship through the usual UQGSS round.

The successful applicant will receive: 

  • a base stipend of $28,072 per year;
  • a Top-Up scholarship of $5000 per year;
  • funds to attend at least one national and international conference, at which she/he is presenting their work; and
  • the opportunity to supplement this stipend with paid casual teaching and tutoring.

Selection criteria

Applicants should have a degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering, with a very strong interest in Fluid Dynamics, Design or Materials/Manufacturing. The candidate is also required to meet the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD program. The research group is very dynamic and fast moving and hence it is crucial that any candidate is a team player with an independent and professional work ethic. The candidate must have excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English language expression.

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