Research Studentship in Combustor-Turbine Interactions

Research Studentship in Combustor-Turbine Interactions (CTI_BR_2017)

Research Area

The project aims to investigate flexible operations of future conventional power generation plants. Rapid change of loads, frequent starts and stops will be the main characteristic of future fossil fuel power plants with a detrimental impact on turbine life. Therefore an improved understanding of the rotor and casing temperature field is required to minimise the thermal stresses and control the clearance between stationary and rotating components. By combining numerical simulations and temperature measurements the project will develop a monitoring system that will allow more accurate prediction of turbine temperature field. The project will be done in collaboration with MHI and a simplified model of a steam turbine casing will be built and used as a platform for the model validation. The student will be a member of The Osney Thermo-Fluids Laboratory and will be supervised by Prof. Budimir Rosic.

Award Value

The studentship covers University fees at the level set for UK/EU students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £14,533 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two years. The studentship does cover the payment of college fees (c £3021 p.a.).


This studentship is available to all applicants but the University fees are covered only at the UK/EU rate. Therefore overseas students would have to provide the difference between the UK/EU and the overseas student rates for University fees from some other source, such as a scholarship or personal funds.

Candidate Requirements

 Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science;  
  • Experience in turbomachinery and power generation systems
  • Experience in software modelling
  • Experience in measurement systems
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills;

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Ability to program in Matlab;
  • Experience in LabView

Application Procedure

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Professor Budimir Rosic ( .

Candidates must also submit a graduate application form and are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria.  Details are available on the course page of the University website at

Please quote CTI_BR_2017 in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Closing date for applications: 21 July 2017