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PhD Studentship: Study of Nanoparticles in Tribological Contacts

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th January 2019
Closes: 22nd February 2019
Reference: WS28

Reference number: WS28
Start date: 1st October 2019
Closing date: 22ND February 2019


Primary supervisor: Dr Ramin Rahmani
Secondary supervisor: Dr Nick Morris


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Project Detail:

The proposed research aims at understanding the behaviour of fluids containing nanoparticles (nanofluids) in high-pressure and relatively high temperature narrow conjunctions, typical of various tribological contacts. Since such conjunctions are often subject to cavitation; therefore, a multi-phase computational platform along with experimental methods and facilities are required to be utilised and developed to incorporate various physical phenomena encountered in such contacts. The influence of surface texture will also be considered along with developing an understanding of inter-particle and the particle-continuum forces on the tribological performance. The effect of nanofluids on cavitation and subsequent associated problems such as cavitation-induced erosion in the contacts would also be considered.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: numerical analysis, CFD, experimental methods.

Funding information:

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.

If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a tax-free stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate. The UKRI stipend value for 2019/20 has not yet been announced but the value for 2018/19 was £14,777. While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 26th March 2019.

Contact details:
Name: Dr Ramin Rahmani
Email address: 
Telephone number: 01509 227669  

Name: Dr Nick Morris
Email address:
Telephone number: 01509 227626 

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under program name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference: WS28

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