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Fully-Funded 4-Year PhD Studentship on Turbulent Flows

University of Sheffield

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £17,668 per annum - please see advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th September 2022
Closes: 29th December 2022
 

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Start date of this project is negotiable but preferably 30th November 2022 (or as soon as possible).

About the project:

From transportation (e.g. aviation, shipping) to energy generation sectors (e.g. wind energy, oil and gas), turbulent flows are frequently encountered. Turbulence is a major source of skin-friction drag (which accounts up to 90% of overall drag in shipping and up to 50% in aviation in cruise condition), and the reduction of skin-friction drag even by a few percent in transportation and energy generation sectors translates directly to significant reductions in fuel consumption and emissions. So, to reduce skin-friction drag and hence energy consumptions and emissions, it is critical to understand and accurately model turbulent flows as well as to develop realistic flow control strategies. For that purpose, we will carry out a cutting-research on turbulent flows using state-of-the-art experimental techniques (e.g. Particle Image Velocimetry, fiber optic sensors), and based on the insights gained from the experimental data we will employ data-driven approaches to develop models and flow control/drag reduction strategies for turbulent flows.

During this project, the PhD candidate will gain significant experience in:                                                                                               

  • Turbulent flows, advanced experimental techniques, data driven approaches and coding.
  • Analysis of large-data sets using Matlab/Phyton.
  • Project management and planning in an innovative commercial environment (i.e. nuron Ltd), as well as attending national and international conferences as part of this PhD project.
  • Working in a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, multi-disciplinary and international environment.

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) or Prof. Simon Tait (s.tait@sheffield.ac.uk).

Entry Requirements:

Applicants require (or are expected to gain) a good undergraduate or master’s degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent). The candidates should also have a keen interest in fluid mechanics.

Funding:

Funding includes Tuition Fees and a stipend of £17,668 tax-free per annum for up to 4 years (only for UK students).

Closing date:

Please note that this project will close as soon as a suitable applicant is secured. Hence, 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:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Degree transcripts to date

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

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