PHD Studentship: Analysis of Powder Flow Behaviour during Compaction

University of Surrey - Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

A PhD studentship covering the home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,726 per annum for 3 years is currently available in Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Applications are invited for a PhD to perform experimental and/or numerical analyses of powder flow behaviour during powder compaction, which is a typical manufacturing process for a wide range of products, such as pharmaceutical tablets and catalyst pellets. The objective of this project is to explore the dominating mechanisms in die filling and compaction. Powders of distinctive attributes will be examined using custom built experimental apparatus. Powder flow behaviour in different die filling systems will also be examined. Depending upon the experience and background of the candidate, it is envisaged that mechanistic analysis of powder flow behaviour may also be performed, for which an in-house DEM-CFD code will be used.  

Candidates should have a first or upper second class undergraduate degree, or an MSc, in Engineering, Pharmaceutical Science, Physics, or a relevant discipline. Previous experience in particle technology, modeling and simulations, or pharmaceutical technology would be an advantage.

For informal inquiries, please contact: Prof. Charley Wu (

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

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