Experimental and numerical investigation of Fluid Structure Control Interactions in Hypersonic Flows - PhD scholarship


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $27,596 per annum tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 15 July 2019
Closing date 18 August 2019


The candidate will work as part of a multi-university and multi-national team, embedded in the Center for Hypersonics at the University of Queensland to deliver the goals the ARC-Discovery Project, Fluid-Structural Interactions in High-Speed Flows. The aims of this project are: 

We will perform first-of-kind numerical simulations investigate the interaction between flexible structures, movable control surfaces, and the control software. Results from this work will influence design of fluid-structure-control interaction experiments. Data will also be used to assess and improve advanced numerical simulation tools. Using the simulation capabilities and experiments we aim to identify the underlying physics of the fluid-structure-control interactions and establish the relative significance of the driving parameters. Accurate prediction of the behaviour of how the flexible structures interact with the local flow field, the surrounding structures, and the control system are critical to developing robust control systems and control strategies for hypersonic vehicles.

As part of this project you would be expected to perform the following:

  • Conduct CFD simulations of Fluid Structure Control Interaction (FSCI) problems using the UQ in-house CFD code Eilmer
  • Implement control strategies and evaluate these using Software in the loop test procedures
    (some experience with scripting languages, e.g. MATLAB, python, lua is essential)
  • Design experimental set-ups for Hardware in the Loop testing in T-USQ (Hypersonic tunnel with flows up to Mach 7)
  • Analyse experimental data for validation of FSI simulations.
  • Propose preferred control strategies.

A sound understanding of CFD, CAD, compressible fluid dynamics and experimentation are essential for successful completion of this project. Depending on abilities of the applicant the project can be fine tuned to better suit an experimental or numerical focus.

Working as part of this multi-national project will create opportunities for the candidate to form an international network with our collaborators and also to spend time overseas to enhance their research skills.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link at the above right. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will be given the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact Dr Ingo Jahn (i.jahn@uq.edu.au) prior to the closing date to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

Please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field ‘FSCI HF’
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
  4. enter Dr Ingo Jahn as your supervisor

Selection criteria

Applicants should have a degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering, with a very strong interest in Fluid Dynamics. The candidate is also required to meet the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD program. The research group is very dynamic and fast moving and hence it is crucial that any candidate is a team player with an independent and professional work ethic. The candidate must have excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English language expression.

Applications are closed.


Dr Ingo Jahn
+61 7 3346 8733
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.