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PhD Studentship: Bioheat Transfer, Transport and Entropy in a Human Body. Full Body Computational Modelling Study.

Swansea University - Computational Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,296 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th January 2019
Closes: 31st January 2019

Subject area: Computational Engineering

Start date: April 2019 but flexible 

Project description: A large scale human body model to study various forms of transport, including radiation (diagnostics) and bioheat transfer (entropy and ageing), is the primary aim of this project. A unified approach to study any form of transport as efficiently and as accurately as possible using state of the art computational methods is required. 

Such a model will be tested to see how different material properties of different parts of the body affect transport and to determine optimal direction of scanning for diagnostic purposes. The second part of the study will investigate the link (if any) between entropy and ageing in a human body. Ageing will be represented through change in material properties and different form of long-term illnesses, including cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. 

The successful candidate will be integrated into the Computational Biomedical Engineering Group and will be encouraged to present the work at national and international conferences and promoting new research collaborations. Initial part of the training will include programming, high performance computing, mesh generation, segmentation and interpretation of results. 

Project supervisors: Professor P. Nithiarasu 

Available resources/facilities: Linux Cluster, codes, access to software 


Candidates should hold a first or upper second class (2.1) honours degree in engineering, physics or mathematics or a relevant subject area and have interest in modelling, transport, programming, high performance computing and human body mechanisms. 

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – 

The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend for UK/EU candidates but tuition fees only for international candidates.

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