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Zarashpe Kapadia - ERCA and Rolls-Royce PLC Placements

Zarashpe did two placements, both aimed at different aspects of his research project. The first was to attend the European Research Course on Atmospheres (ERCA) and the second was a placement with Rolls-Royce plc.

ERCA is five week course is a high-level international course on the Physics and Chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere, the climate system and climate change, atmospheric pollution and the human dimensions of environmental changes. It is designed as a multidisciplinary course with a wide diversity of subject matter, enabling participants to broaden their scientific horizons. The course is taught by world leading experts, and is an excellent opportunity to efficiently gain state-of-the-art knowledge of the latest understanding in this field.

This course allowed participants to gain a holistic understand of the earth-climate system from how the Earth obtained its current climate system, how human activity is perturbing this climate system and how in comparison climate systems are on other planets within the solar system. This course delved in to topics directly related to Zarashpe's research such as the microphysics of clouds, aerosol optical properties on air pollution and direct radiative forcing, the climate impacts of atmospheric aerosols and clouds, stratospheric ozone, and the atmospheric long-range transport of chemicals, and related health-risks to human.

Overall this course was an invaluable experience, allowing attendees the privileged opportunity to learn from some of the best researchers and academics in the field, pose question them about their work and lectures. Along with allowing attendees to gain a rounded knowledge of the work being undertaken in the field.

Students on ERCA

The second placement was with Rolls-Royce. This was for two weeks, based at their offices in Derby. Other this two week period Zarashpe had the privileged opportunity to meet various managers from different departments feeding in to the design and consideration of environmental aspects of aircraft engine design. During this placement Zarashpe learned about their Environmental Strategy, global aviation legislation, alternative fuel specifications, commercial aviation's products of combustion and the work being done to reduce these, engine noise mitigation and brief on general low carbon opportunities that the company is investigating. This placement was very beneficial as it helped the research student further understand how the differing aspects of aircraft design fit in together and how designing aircraft engines for one trait can result in trade-offs in other aspects.

In total both these placements have allowed Zarashpe to gain industrial and academic knowledge in both aspects of his research, understand the main challenge within the industry, provisional ideas on how to create the alternative aviation fuels scenarios and associated aviation emissions scenarios that are key to his research, while being able to make further industrial and academic contacts.