PhD: Industrial CASE PhD Studentship: Prognosis for Gas Turbine Engine Health

PhD: Industrial CASE PhD Studentship: Prognosis for Gas Turbine Engine Health

Posted by Rebecca Martin on Mon, 08/07/2013 - 12:18

PhD: Industrial CASE PhD Studentship: Prognosis for Gas Turbine Engine Health Management in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc.

Funding: Full EPSRC studentship for 3.5 years (currently ~£67,443) with 6 month Industrial placement

The research programme will focus on developing innovative technology for gas turbine power systems for civil and marine applications. These are subject to operational degradation that, over time, will reduce their performance. For effective fleet management, the ability to predict this degradation (prognosis) is seen as an increasingly important part of modern health monitoring. Prognostics enable forward predictions of e.g. time-to-failure, thus offering a route to increase time-in-service and reduced fleet-wide operational costs.

The expected outcome of this PhD study will be to produce a step change in the way prognosis is currently performed. The PhD will use industrial data as a basis for creating state-of-the-art predictive models and develop techniques for the proper aggregation of widely differing data-types and a variety of information sources. Techniques from machine learning, such as Bayesian statistics, system identification, time series analysis and system dynamics will be employed to provide prognostic and diagnostic tools and methodological procedures. A minimum of six months worth of placements within Rolls-Royce will provide opportunities to engage with engineers dealing first-hand with health management and will enable you to understand and, ultimately, influence the management of complex systems degradation.

You should have an excellent first degree in a relevant branch of engineering, mathematics, statistics or physics, and be strongly numerate with an aptitude for programming. You will be an excellent communicator in both written and spoken English. For further details, eligibility information and instructions on application please visit:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/scholarships/projects/p...