Aerospace Propulsion provides a comprehensive background in the design and operation of different types of propulsion systems for aerospace applications. The course is designed for those seeking a career in the design, development, operation and maintenance of propulsion systems. The course is suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an established international industry. Graduates are provided with the skills that allow them to deliver immediate benefits in a very demanding and rewarding workplace and therefore are in great demand.
The key technological achievement underlying the development and growth of the aerospace industry has been the design and development of efficient and economical propulsion systems. This sector has experienced a consistent growth in the past and is expected to do so in the future. Major efforts are also now being dedicated to the development of new technologies relevant to the propfan and variable cycle engines.
The MSc in Aerospace Propulsion provides a comprehensive background in the design and operation of different types of propulsion systems for aerospace applications. The course is designed for those seeking a career in the design, development, operation and maintenance of propulsion systems.
The course is suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an established international industry. Graduates are provided with the skills that allow them to deliver immediate benefits in a very demanding and rewarding workplace and therefore are in great demand.
The course consists of approximately ten to fifteen taught modules and an individual research project.
In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following outcomes from this degree course:
- Provide the skills required for a rewarding career in the field of propulsion and power
- Meet employer requirements for graduates within power and propulsion industries
- Demonstrate a working knowledge and critical awareness of gas turbine performance, analysis techniques, component design and associated technologies
- Explain, differentiate and critically discuss the underpinning concepts and theories for a wide range of areas of gas turbine engineering and associated applications
- Be able to discern, select and apply appropriate analysis techniques in the assessment of particular aspects of gas turbine engineering.
The taught programme for the Aerospace Propulsion masters consists of eight compulsory modules and up to six optional modules. The modules are generally delivered from October to April.
You are required to submit a written thesis describing an individual research project carried out during the course. Many individual research projects have been carried out with industrial sponsorship, and have often resulted in publication in international journals and symposium papers. This thesis is examined orally in September in the presence of an external examiner.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Design of an experimental test rig facility for an axial compressor
- Energy management in a hybrid turbo-electric, hydrogen fuelled, hale UAV
- Civil aircraft intake, nacelle and nozzle aerodynamics
- The computation of adiabatic isobaric combustion temperature
- Air filtration systems for helicopters
- Nacelle parametric design space exploration
- Distributed propellers assessment for turboelectric distributed propulsion
- Aerodynamic analysis of the flowfield distortion within a serpentine intake
- Green runway :impact of water ingestion on medium and small jet engine performance and emissions
- Distributed propulsion systems boundary layer ingestion for uav aircraft
- Preliminary design of a low emissions combustor for a helicopter engine
- Compressor design and performance simulation through the use of a through-flow method
- Estimation of weight and mechanical losses of a pts for a geared turbofan engine
- Optimisation of turbine disc for a small turbofan engine
- Modelling of tip leakage flows in axial flow high pressure gas turbine
- Aerodynamic modelling and adjoint-based shape optimisation of separate-jet exhaust systems
- Preliminary design & performance analysis of a combustor for UAV.
The final assessment is based on two components of equal weight; the taught modules (50%) and the individual research project (50%). Assessment is by examinations, assignments, presentations and thesis.
A variety of funding, including industrial sponsorship, is available. Please contact us for details.
- Gas turbine engine manufacturers
- Airframe manufacturers
- Airline operators
- Regulatory bodies
- Aerospace/Energy consultancies
- Power production industries
- Academia: doctoral studies.
For further information
On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Aerospace-Propulsion-Option-Thermal-Power
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or its equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, physics or an applied science.