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Two Marie Curie PhD positions: LES of ground breaking combustion chambers burning hydrogen for 2040

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Required Education : Master or engineering school diplom
Start date : 4 January 2021
Mission duration : 36
Deadline for applications : 18 December 2020
Salary : Fixed by the EU

CERFACS, associated with multiple laboratories and companies, has won an ITN Marie Curie grant called INSPIRE which will study two innovative combustion concepts: Constant Volume Combustion (CVC) chambers and Rotating Detonation Engines (RDE).

Example of CVC chamber: valves are used at the inlet and outlet of a chamber to provide constant volume combustion (PhD L. Labarrère, CERFACS)

Example of RDE engine: a 2 kms/s wave turns around in the annular chamber (A. Misdariis and L. Selle

Both concepts will burn hydrogen fuel with new cycles and can revolutionize aerospace engines. They also raise multiple fundamental challenges. During these two PhDs, students will be integrated in the largest European network studying these engines. INSPIRE will begin at the end of 2020 for four years.

Five industrial partners participate in INSPIRE (SAFRAN, AVIO, ANSALDO and NPT) and two non-academic research organizations (CERFACS and ONERA). The other academic labs are ENSMA Poitiers, TU Berlin, KTH Stockholm, Uni. Florence, Uni. Genoa, Poli. di Torino.

ITN PhD programs are very ambitious projects which require intense work and intense training from the PhD students who receive formation at most other partners and are also expected to spend 3 months secondment during their PhD with another partner of the project. The main affiliation for the CERFACS students will be Université de Toulouse. These grants are very well paid (see details on the EU Marie Curie web site).

In INSPIRE, CERFACS will provide the expertise in HPC high fidelity codes to compute CVC and RDE engines. This will include the simulation of the turbulent unsteady reacting flow (subsonic for CVC, detonation for RDE) coupled with the turbine flow following the chamber. Students will use the codes of CERFACS, described for example in the web sites of the two recent ERC won by CERFACS with IMFT (intecocis.inp-toulouse.fr and cerfacs.fr/scirocco).

Applicants should have a strong background in fluid mechanics, combustion and CFD. The work will also require expertise in coupling and HPC. A significant part of the work will also focus on the specificities of hydrogen.

Only non french students can apply for these grants at CERFACS.

Contact: Dr Thierry Poinsot, CFD group

poinsot@cerfacs.fr