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PhD in Experimental Aerodynamics and Environmental Flows

University of Southampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th November 2023
Closes: 31st August 2024
 

Supervisory Team: Dr Christina Vanderwel 

Project description

Join our world-leading experimental fluid mechanics research group with this PhD studentship studying Experimental Aerodynamics and Environmental Flows. You will become a part of a group of highly motivated researchers in the experimental fluid mechanics research laboratory whose efforts are directed towards using state-of-the-art diagnostics to understand the physics of turbulent flows. We are part of the National Wind Tunnel Facility of the UK and have several wind tunnels and water channels on site for studying experimental fluid mechanics (see www.southampton.ac.uk/windtunnels/). 

The aim of this research project is to apply novel laboratory techniques to simulate environmental wind patterns and air pollution around buildings. You will be involved in the design and manufacture of a bespoke model of an urban area for windtunnel/watertunnel testing. You will be trained in laser-diagnostic methods such as Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) in order to directly resolve the flow and transport of pollution in and around buildings and generate novel data revealing the processes impacting outdoor and indoor air quality. You will work with a team of researchers using CFD and Machine Learning approaches to apply these results towards modelling and understanding the physics of urban aerodynamics. 

This project is supported by the UKRI FLF project “Simulating urban air pollution in the lab” and aims to improve our capability to model and predict urban air quality in support of designing our sustainable cities of the future. There will be opportunities to explore the fundamental physics of the turbulent aerodynamics of atmospheric boundary layer flows. There will also be opportunities to network with other universities and industries through our existing involvement in the Future Urban Ventilation Network, the UK Wind Engineering Society, and the UK Fluids Network

Contact: If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Christina Vanderwel, Email: c.m.vanderwel@soton.ac.uk  

Web: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering/about/staff/cmv1n13.page 

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent). 

Closing date: 31 August 2024. 

Funding: Funding for tuition fees and a living stipend are available on a competitive basis. Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best opportunity to be considered. 

How To Apply

Apply online. Select programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Christina Vanderwel 

Applications should include:

  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date 

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 

The School of Engineering is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.

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