Large Eddy Simulation Of Multiphase Pipe Flow Using Experimental Inflow Data

Coventry University - Centre for Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics


Multiphase gas/liquid flows pipes are important in the power industry (boiler tubes) and the hydrocarbon production industry (wells and risers). It is of increasing importance for engineers to be able to model the contents of these pipelines in detail.

Coventry University has a leading capability in Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT), a technology that can provide very high resolution 2D data relating to multiphase flow in pipes. We would like to couple these 2D planes using proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) to provide information about the intervening multiphase flowfield. Validation data is required for the development of the novel methodologies necessary to achieve this coupling. To this end, we would like to produce a series of highly-resolved large eddy simulations (LES) of multiphase pipe flow. Our ECT devices are capable of providing very high resolution, time-resolved phase, density and velocity data for each of the 2D sample planes. The simulations will use this data as an inlet boundary condition.

Coventry University will leverage its extensive expertise in the development of LES boundary conditions to produce these high-resolution simulations. The open-source library of CFD applications and utilities, OpenFOAM, will be used to solve the simulations, using Coventry University and FMFM’s HPC and supercomputing facilities.



The Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics Faculty Research Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research into industrially-relevant complex flows including:

  • Smart Pipes, Vessels and Advanced Sensors
  • Process Tomography and Process Nowcasting
  • Fluid Mechanics of Complex Flows
  • Advanced Computing
  • Clean Combustion
  • Reservoir modelling

Flow measurement is an integral and vital part of many industrial processes. Plant control, product quality and safety systems are often underpinned by the need to measure flows of liquids, gases and solids. Trade of fuels, industrial feedstock and chemical products relies on accurate measurement of flow. Flow measurement is an essential element of all modern industrial societies.



Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average, or
  • A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at merit level (60%).
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).


  • The successful candidate will have a background in fluid mechanics (via a STEM degree), will be a confident user of the Linux operating system, and will be a keen computer programmer using C++ and python.

Closing Date: 31st August

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