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PhD Studentship: Computer Modelling of Particle Dispersion

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,668 per year
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 19th October 2023
Closes: 6th January 2024
Reference: PGR-2324-010

About the Project

In many industrial processes, fine particles need to be dispersed and dissolved in liquids in a well-controlled manner. These particles are ubiquitously used in technical and regulated applications to improve and to stabilise many formulated products.

This PhD project is part of an EPSRC-funded consortium consisting of Universities of Surrey, Birmingham and Swansea and involving 4 postdoctoral research fellows in these three universities.

Working closely with the project partners, this project aims to understand the dispersion process of fine particles in liquids. Computer modelling of the dispersion process will be performed to gain fundamental understanding of the mechanisms underlying the process and to develop predictive tool.

About our research in formulation and healthcare engineering

Our aim is to develop science-based predictive models, design tools and innovative manufacturing processes for formulated products. This is underpinned by our active research in particulate materials manufacturing, multiphase flow, advanced numerical modelling using coupled discrete element methods with computational fluid dynamics (DEM-CFD) and finite element modelling (FEM), machine learning models, process modelling and optimisation, and measurements and characterisation using advanced techniques. More about our research.

Supervisors: Prof Charley Wu

Entry requirements

Open to any UK or international candidates. Up to 30% of our UKRI funded studentships can be awarded to candidates paying international rate fees. Find out more about eligibility. Starting in April 2024.

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our PhD programme.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who holds a master degree or equivalent in Engineering, or a closely-related discipline, with a keen interest in computer simulations using either mechanistic models, such as computational fluid dynamics, discrete element methods and finite element methods, or machine learning models. The candidate should be a good team player and can engage in collaboration with good oral and written communication skills. Previous experience in computer modelling or some knowledge in particle technology are desirable but not essential as training will be provided.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Chemical and Process Engineering PhD programme page. 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.  For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Professor Charley Wu.

Funding Notes

Home student tuition fees will be covered, plus a stipend of £17,668 per year. Funded by the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Open to any UK or international candidates. Up to 30% of our UKRI funded studentships can be awarded to candidates paying international rate fees. Find out more about eligibility. 

Application deadline 

6 January 2024 

Enquiries 

Contact: Professor Charley Wu, email: c.y.wu@surrey.ac.uk

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