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EPSRC Supported EngD: Development of Process Scale-Up Principles for Lamellar Structured Fluids [Unilever (Port Sunlight)]

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £24,400 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 6th January 2024

Unilever creates products that enrich and improve people’s lives today while aiming to make sustainable living commonplace. Within Unilever’s portfolio, products with a range of microstructures and rheologies can be found.

The proposed research project aims to improve our understanding of the processing challenges of lamellar fluids. The manufacture of these fluids is achieved through the sequential addition of raw materials in a defined order, at controlled temperature, and mix speeds.

Two attributes vary throughout the process: fluid level and rheological properties. These attributes impact mixing intensity and flow characteristics within the vessel, thereby affecting product quality and energy requirements.

Scale-up of the manufacturing process is thus challenging and not amenable to general dimensionless number/geometrical similitude approaches. The proposed project aims to explore the effects of fluid level and rheological properties on process scale-up for lamellar fluids.

The experimental approach will focus on the use of torque measurements, the development of power draw expressions, and characterisation techniques such as PEPT and PIV.

In addition, the project will explore CFD to identify an approach that will allow the user to track the evolution of the fluid level in the vessel and product rheology through the process, using experimental results for validation.

To apply please email your CV via the above ‘Apply’ button. Currently we are only able to accept UK nationals.

Funding Details

To be eligible for EPSRC funding, candidates must have at least a 2(1) in an Engineering or Scientific discipline or a 2(2) plus MSc. The successful candidate will get a tax-free bursary of £24,400 p.a. plus fees paid.

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