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PhD Studentship Opportunity: Data-driven modelling of laminar-turbulent transition in wall-bounded flows

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: A stipend of £16,062 (2022-23), which will increase each year in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, in addition to £1,000 per annum to be spent on research and training
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th April 2022
Closes: 22nd July 2022
Reference: PGR-2122-149

Project Title: Data-driven modelling of laminar-turbulent transition in wall-bounded flows

Transition from a laminar to a turbulent state in a fluid flow is a widely observed phenomenon occurring in a large variety of natural and engineering applications. Understanding under which conditions laminar-turbulence transition takes place, as well as the dominant mechanisms at play, is crucial for the development of reliable models, and for the implementation of effective control strategies [1]. The aim of this project is to provide a data-driven characterization of laminar-turbulence transition in wall-bounded flows, combining fluid dynamics, data analysis, and network theory within a multidisciplinary framework. The project will be mainly numerically/theoretically oriented, but experimental work exploiting one of EPSRC’s National Wind Tunnel Facilities could be included.

Supervisors: Dr Giovanni Iacobello, Dr Marco Placidi

This project is open to UK and international students starting in October 2022.

Entry requirements

We are seeking highly motivated candidates with degrees in a relevant engineering field (e.g., aeronautics, environmental, civil, mechanical), as well as physical sciences or applied mathematics, with excellent communications skills, and a strong inclination towards multidisciplinary research. UK and international students holding a first-class degree (or a good 2:1) in the aforementioned disciplines and a background in fluid mechanics are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with Matlab (or Python) computing is essential for the data analysis and code development; some exposure to experimental work would be beneficial.

English language requirements: IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing, or equivalent. More about our English language requirements.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Aerodynamic and Environmental Flow PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab.

In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for and the name of the relevant supervisor.

Funding

A stipend of £16,062 (2022-23) , which will increase each year in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, in addition to £1,000 per annum to be spent on research and training. Home rate fee allowance of £4,500 (with automatic increase to UKRI rate each year). For exceptional international candidates, there is the possibility of obtaining a scholarship to cover overseas fees. Funding is for 3.5 years. Funded by the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences.

Closing date for applications

22/07/2022

Application enquiries

For application enquiries, please contact Dr Giovanni Iacobello (g.iacobello@surrey.ac.uk).

References

[1] Tuckerman, Chantry, and Barkley, (2020) Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 52, 343-367.

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