Alternative Aviation Fuel performance – Elastomeric seals compatability

H2020 Fully Funded PhD Studentship

Academic supervisor: Dr Simon Blakey, University of Sheffield

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated individual who wishes to study the underlying phenomena governing the compatibility of alternative aviation fuel chemical compositions and elastomeric seals with particular focus on representative aromatic components. This work would entail a number of experimental methods, and the development of a range of analytical and numerical techniques with the ultimate goal of developing some fuel chemistry dependent models of elastomer behaviour. This work is undertaken as part of the H2020 JETSCREEN proposal, a consortium of leading European Research Institutes conducting work on alternative aviation fuels.

We are offering an opportunity for a 3 year, fully funded PhD, starting in January 2018. This project would suit a candidate with a 1st or 2.1 Bachelor or Master degree in any of following: mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or chemistry. Experimental and numerical work combined with a knowledge of chemical kinetics are desirable but not essential. Relevant research background in organic chemistry and fuels is favourable. An interest in the development of sustainable aviation fuels is desirable.

The award covers the tuition fees for UK/European students and a stipend of £15,000+ per year tax free. International students are also eligible to apply, if the additional cost of the international tuition fees can be met by the applicant.

If you are interested, please apply online at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply/applying
with your CV.

For further details, contact
Dr Simon Blakey
Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD
Tel: 0114 2227819
Email: s.blakey@sheffield.ac.uk

Deadline 30th November 2017