Damage to jet engines by airborne particulates; Detection and mitigation

Theme: Measurement techniques
Start date: cohort 1: 2019
Supervisors: Dr Matthew Watson (Bristol) and Dr Paul Williams (Manchester)
Mineral aerosols, such as volcanic ash and desert dust, present significant but uncertain risk to jet aircraft. To constrain this uncertainty the PhD researcher undertaking this project will design, build and test a jet engine simulator that will emulate engine conditions and will be field tested in a real world environment. The denouement of this project will be flying the simulator into desert storms and volcanic ash clouds on drones.