Research Associate in Whirl Flutter Control (fixed-term post)

Job title Research Associate in Whirl Flutter Control (fixed-term post)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,199, rising to £39,609

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Tuesday 25 June 2019

Closing date Sunday 14 July 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC6864


A new position has arisen to work as a Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering.

The project to which this role is attached is investigating capabilities for active control of whirl flutter instabilities in tiltrotor configurations. The work will involve wind-tunnel experiments, numerical modelling, and control algorithm development.

New requirements for speed and better performance are driving the rotorcraft industry towards a re-thinking of the mainrotor/ tail-rotor configuration that has so far dominated the helicopter world. In the years to come, we will see tilt-rotor and compound rotorcraft flying frequently in the sky, transporting passengers and goods from point-to-point at speeds that are beyond the current capability of conventional helicopters. In parallel, more and more remotely, and optionally piloted vehicles will be used for delivering emergency services, medical supplies and goods over busy cities, control the traffic and create a new transportation network. Tiltrotors represent a technology that has seen signigficant focus, for example the V-22 and AW609. An aspect of tiltorotor design that warrants investigation is the susceptibility of slender wing-mounted rotors to whirl flutter instability: a potentially catastrophic condition. Using aerodynamic control effectors, this project seeks to investigate the ability to control the stability properties in this critical regime, contributing to improvements in efficiency and safety.

Working in the University of Bath, at the Claverton Down campus, the successful candidate will be the primary researcher on the project, responsible for conducting experiments, running simulations, analysing results and disseminating in reports, publications, and presentations. They will join an active and successful group spanning the Aerodyamics and Power Transmission and Motion Control centres.

The work forms part of the MENtOR project, a collaboration between seven institutions within the UK Vertical Lift Network, which seeks to develop the design and experimental tools needed for the next generation of complex rotorcraft configurations.

This is a fixed term position which is expected to last until October 2020. 

Please direct any informal queries relating to this post to Dr Jonathan du Bois, tel. +44 (0)1225 385694 (

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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