PhD Studentship: Image Processing for Fluid Mechanics

University of Bristol - Mechanical Engineering

The project
Image processing is widely used to extract velocity fields (Particle Image Velocimetry), flow structure in stratified fluids (Synthetic Schlieren), fluid mixing and deposition depths of suspended sediment (light attenuation) in experimental fluid mechanics. 

This project involves the development and application of image processing techniques to enhance our ability to extract information from fluid experiments at a range of scales. In particular the project aims to exploit developments in the computational power of Graphical Processing Units (GPU’s) to work towards providing real time analysis of the flows under observation.

The project will entail code development in MATLAB and C and a willingness to undertake experiments as well as their analysis.

How to apply
Please make an online application for this project at Please select Mechanical Engineering (PhD) on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form together with the name of the supervisor, Dr. Michael Patterson.

Candidate requirements 
Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree in a relevant subject such as Mechanical/Software Engineering, Mathematics or Physics. A background in MATLAB/C development and the use of GPU’s would be advantageous. 

Scholarship (subject to confirmation) covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to application) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£14,296 in 2016/17).  EU nationals resident in the EU may also apply but will only qualify for PhD tuition fees.

Contacts: Dr. Michael Patterson (
For general enquiries, please email

Hours Full time
Duration 3.5 years

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