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PhD Studentship: Flow Dynamics of Industrially Relevant 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: 13th August 2019
Closes: 30th November 2019

Funding is available to fully support a PhD research student (including university fees and salary). The candidate must be a UK/EU citizen and should have at least a strong upper second-class (2.1) degree in Chemical Engineering or related discipline. The project provides a unique opportunity to train a student in advanced research techniques and equip him/her with a wide range of skills that will enhance his/her employability by a wide spectrum of industries including food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, energy, environmental, minerals, biomedical etc. Enquiries about the research project should be addressed to Professor M. Barigou (

We have recently been awarded a large multi-disciplinary EPSRC research programme grant to conduct research on 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: A PhD project is available as part of this multidisciplinary EPSRC Programme Grant, which will provide a unique opportunity for the student to work alongside and interact with a number of world-leading academics and 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 novel 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.

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