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PhD Studentship: Flow Dynamics of Two-Phase Particle-Liquid Suspensions

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th February 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019

School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.

We have recently been awarded a large multi-disciplinary EPSRC research programme grant which has started looking at multiscale two-phase particle-liquid flows in various flow systems (e.g. microchannels, pipes, pipe networks, stirred vessels).  The work includes collaboration with King’s College London and the University of Edinburgh, and there is possibility for industrial collaboration with various companies.  We would like to link a PhD project to this EPSRC programme, which will provide a unique opportunity for the student to work alongside and interact with a number of experienced postdoctoral research fellows.

The movement of particle-liquid suspensions in pipes and vessels of various scales is a generic complex problem.  Industries dependent on particle-liquid flow are numerous including chemicals, consumer goods, food, pharmaceuticals, oil, mining, river engineering, construction, power generation, biotechnology and biomedical.  This project will address some of the experimental challenges of these complex flows using the unique technique of Lagrangian Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) pioneered at The University of Birmingham, to develop the missing physical understanding of the pertinent phenomena of particle-liquid flow in different flow systems across the scales (micro, meso, macro) including straight pipes, bifurcations, manifolds etc.  Other advanced Eulerian optical laser flow imaging techniques, e.g. particle imaging velocimetry (PIV) and/or micro-PIV, may also be used as appropriate.  The work will also address, as appropriate, theoretical/modelling aspects of the project in collaboration with the other partners, which may include numerical simulations (e.g. CFD) depending on the candidate’s background and interests.

The studentship will be funded by EPSRC DTA.  The candidate should be a UK/EU citizen and should have at least a strong upper second-class (2.1) degree in Chemical Engineering or related discipline.  Suitably qualified non-EU students may apply for this project but only if they have full funding to support their studies.  Enquiries about the research project should be addressed to Professor M. Barigou; email:

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