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PhD Studentships: Flow Measurement and Visualisation in Swirling Flows

Coventry University - Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing (EEC)

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: Self-funded Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th August 2019
Closes: 10th January 2020

The aim of this project is experimental investigation of swirling flows in sudden expansions. Such flows are encountered in many applications - e.g. turbomachinery, cooling flows and after treatment systems for turbocharged car engines. Recent trend to use turbochargers on engines results in swirling flow entering the catalyst or filter. The effect of swirl on the flow distribution inside the catalyst is not well understood.

The project will involve using flow measurement and visualisation techniques to investigate the effect of swirl on the flow pattern in a sudden expansion.  HWA (Hot-Wire Anemometry) and Stereo PIV (particle-image velocimetry) will be used to get insight into the mechanisms governing the flow and to investigate the effect of flow parameters (mass flow rate, geometry, swirl level) on flow uniformity, flow separation and other phenomena characteristic to complex swirling flows.

The successful applicant will have excellent analytical skills and deep knowledge of Fluid Mechanics, and will work with a group of researchers specialising in thermofluids and emissions research at Coventry University.

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