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PhD Studentship: CFD of Coupled Multiphysics in Scraped Surface Heat Exchangers

The University of Manchester

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Covers fees and stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th May 2019
Closes: 31st August 2019
 

Lead Supervisor: Dr. Imran Afgan
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr. Robert Prosser
Programme: PhD in Mechanical Engineering
Area(s) of expertise: Thermofluids

Description

Scraped surface heat exchangers (SSHE) are widely used in (for example) the food industry, where there is a requirement for heat exchange, crystallization, aeration and other continuous processes. The SSHE is particularly useful for heavy viscous fluids, where classical modes of heat transfer (i.e. turbulence) are not available. In the SSHE, a set of rotating blades continually scrape the process fluid from the inside of the heat exchange vessel; high heat transfer rates are maintained by the continual replacement of material in the near wall region.

In many food processing applications, the final product behaviour and characteristics are intimately linked to the processing history of the fluid. Consequently, there are challenges when moving between product lines to ensure the correct product properties (i.e. heat transfer and crystallisation)—the same SSHE might produce radically different results with different ingredient blends. This project will initially simulate the coupled evolution of water/ice mixes undergoing heat transfer, with a view to extending the work to emulsions and aerated liquids. The work will build on previous (experimental characterisation) of a number of SSHEs, but will seek to develop a set of generalised design principles and scaling rules. This research activity is part of a large multi-university project looking at the processing of structured fluids and—parallel to this project—ongoing experimental work is underway to provide experimental validation of a number of SSHEs using different representative process fluids.

Skills required

Entry requirements can be found by selecting the relevant PhD programme at this link:

https://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/research-programmes/

Applicants are expected to have a background in Mathematics, preferably with physics or engineering, and programming skills (FORTRAN and/or C++)

Industrial Links

Funding for this project is offered through The Centre in Advanced Fluid Engineering for Digital Manufacturing (https://www.cafe4dm.manchester.ac.uk/) to support a PhD starting in September/October 2019. The duration of the studentship is for 3.5 years and will cover both Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend to cover living costs at the RCUK-standard rate.

Further information about how to apply can be found at:

https://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/

General enquiries relating to the postgraduate application process within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering should be directed to:

Martin Lockey, Senior PG Recruitment & Admissions Administrator (E-mail: martin.lockey@manchester.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)161 275 4345)

Closing date for applications: August 2019

Contact for project specific enquiries: Dr. Imran Afgan

General enquiries: 
General enquiries relating to the postgraduate application process within Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering should be directed to:
Martin Lockey - Senior PG Recruitment & Admissions Administrator
Tel: +44(0)161 275 4345

Further information about how to apply can be found at:
http://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/apply/

   
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