America’s Cup yacht hydrofoils

In 2013, for the first time, the America's Cup was sailed with foiling boats. This led to fast growth in the use of foils on both sailing and power boats, both for racing and cruising. Foiling allows unprecedented speed and comfort, but it raises significant design challenges on control and safety.

The project aims at developing an in-depth understanding of the unsteady hydrodynamics of America's Cup hydrofoils. The project will be performed with the partnership of world-leading yacht designers and professional sailors, and will be potentially affiliated with an America Cup team.

There is no closing date for this position, which will remain open until filled.


Further Information: 

Closing Date: 

Sunday, December 31, 2023
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Principal Supervisor: 


Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English Language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Applications are welcomed from those who have secured their own funding through scholarship, sponsorship or similar.
If you are UK or EU citizen, and you do not have your own funds, please enquire as funds can be found for exceptional candidates with a UK/EU fee status.
If you are an Overseas student (not UK and not EU) and you do not have your own funds, please do not apply now because scholarships for overseas students who wish to start in 2020 have already been allocated. However, keep an eye on our websites in case an opportunity arises, particularly VOILAb, CDT WAMSS and SoE.

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