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PhD Studentship: Experimental Fluid Mechanics

University of Sheffield - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,062 - please see advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th September 2022
Closes: 6th December 2022
 

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to become a part of a dedicated group working on fundamental and practical aspects of turbulent flows under the supervision of Dr Melika Gul. Start date of this project is negotiable but preferably 1st of October 2022.

About the project:

To achieve the ‘zero-net emission by 2050’ target and keep global warming below 1.5 oC, the European Commission estimates that at least 240 GW offshore wind power is required globally by 2050. This demand in offshore wind has led to giant wind turbines now exceeding 14 MW. As the size of offshore wind turbines increases, however, the effects of harsh environmental conditions (e.g. sea water, rain, hail) become ever more significant, leading to significant changes in surface properties and therefore deteriorations in the aerodynamic behaviour of wind turbines. Hence, this project aims to understand and model surface roughness effects on the aerodynamic behavior of a wind turbine based on various surface degradation scenarios.

During this project, the PhD candidate will gain significant experience in experimental fluid mechanics (using state-of-the-art wind tunnel facility and optical measurement techniques, in particular particle image velocimetry), wind power aerodynamics, turbulent flows and analysis of large-data sets.

If you are interested in applying and wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Melika Gul (m.gul@sheffield.ac.uk).

Entry Requirements:

Applicants require (or are expected to gain) a very good undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics or related areas (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent). The candidates should also have a strong background and keen interest in fluid mechanics. Any experience of experimental methods (in particular, particle image velocimetry) and computer programming for data analysis is desirable.

Funding:

For UK students, funding includes Tuition Fees and a stipend of £16,062 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

Closing date:

Please note that this project will close as soon as a suitable applicant is secured. So, we suggest that you do not delay submitting your application.

How to apply:

Applications should be made at: www.shef.ac.uk/mecheng/phd/applying

Applications should include:

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree transcripts to date

For further information please contact: m.i.boulis@sheffield.ac.uk

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