The Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Propulsion and Power is a partnership of the UK’s three leading universities in the field of gas turbine aerodynamics (Cambridge, Oxford and Loughborough) with a broad range of the world’s leading gas turbine and turbomachinery manufacturers (Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens and Dyson) assisted by an Advisory Group of the world’s top experts (from NASA, Rolls-Royce and MIT).
Central to the vision of the CDT is a holistic approach to training aimed at giving the student a whole engine, whole sector understanding of future propulsion and power. The CDT is supported by a £7.3M grant from the EPSRC.
The CDT in Future Propulsion and power combines a 1 year taught programme (MRes) with a 3 year PhD research project sponsored by one of the collaborating companies (Rolls-Royce, MHI, Siemens, Dyson). The MRes will offer all students a broad understanding of the gas turbine. This will be achieved by the three universities providing courses in their specialist components (compressors, combustors and turbines) while industry offers courses on component and systems integration. The CDT will seek to give the students ‘hands on’ experience of real products.