|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||Tuition fees and Stipend|
|Placed On:||8th August 2023|
|Closes:||25th October 2023|
This PhD project tackles one of the key processes that drive the dynamics of planetary atmospheres and interiors: turbulent convection.
In these systems, convection is turbulent and subject to intense planetary rotation. Therefore, rapidly rotating Rayleigh-Bénard convection affords an excellent model system for many of the thermally driven and rotationally constrained flows occurring in nature. It consists of liquid or gas confined between a warm bottom boundary and a cold top boundary rotated around the vertical axis. Crucially, in planetary atmospheres and interiors, the material properties are not constant but vary with temperature and pressure, contrary to most current numerical simulations and mathematical theories. The change of the flow behaviour due to these non-constant material properties are referred to as non-Oberbeck-Boussinesq (NOB) effects.
The PhD researcher will study these NOB effects in the asymptotic “ultimate state” of convective turbulence by means of numerical simulations using our in-house code goldfish. This extreme regime of convection has challenged previous numerical models but incorporating the NOB effects into the code will enable the PhD researcher to unequivocally diagnose its emergence for the first time and allow meaningful extrapolation to geophysical and astrophysical settings.
This project offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the field of planetary science and to develop a world-leading expertise in geophysical and numerical fluid dynamics. The successful candidate will also be able to develop an extensive scientific network by working with the best experts in the field word-wide, through extensive collaboration across the USA and Europe.
Experience in fluid mechanics and/or with numerical simulations is strongly advised. The position is fully funded for a period of 3.5 years and is expected to start in January 2024.
Entry criteria for applicants to PhD
For further details please visit: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-opportunities/research-students/making-an-application/research-entry-criteria/
To express interest in this PhD opportunity, please send a CV and a full transcript of academic records to Susanne Horn (email@example.com). Informal enquiries are encouraged.
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