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PhD Studentship: Using Artificial Intelligence to Study Variations in Gas Turbine Performance

School of Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Closing Date:  Saturday 31 August 2019
Reference:  1132419DA

Computational Engineering and Design Research Group

Project Description

Artificial Intelligence (AI) allows the rapid processing of images. In the context of gas turbines this means that scans and video imaging of engine parts could be automatically assessed for variations in shape that can have significant impact of fuel consumption and engine life. In this project, data from Rolls-Royce will be combined with the latest AI and data mining tools, CAD descriptions, geometry morphing and 3D analysis codes to inform engineers on the impact of variations in geometry on engine performance. The aim is both to design parts that are more resistant to performance degradation and also to inform service teams of the best repair and replacement strategies for engines currently in use.

Combined with the latest GPU hardware, Deep Learning and Data Mining methods this will allow advanced understanding of part variations, providing insights into the next generation of engineering design and product management software.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof Andy Keane, Computational Engineering and Design Research Group, Email: ajk@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2944.

Funding and Eligibility

This project is funded by Rolls-Royce plc as part of their support to the R-R University technology Centre for Computational Engineering at Southampton. The studentship covers UK/EU level fees. In addition to the basic tax free student stipend of £15,009 pa, R-R will provide a further tax free stipend increment of £9,000 pa. The stipend will rise in subsequent years. Funding for travel to international conferences will be available.

How to Apply

Click here to apply and select the programme - PhD in Engineering and the Environment. Please enter the title of the PhD Studentship in the application form. As part of the selection process, the strength of the whole application will be taken into account, including academic qualifications, personal statement, CV and references.

For further guidance on applying, please contact feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

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