High-Resolution Numerical Simulations of Evaporative Convection in Multilayer Systems

Coventry University

Fluid and Complex Systems Research Centre

Project Description

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship. The successful candidate will join the project ‘High-Resolution Numerical Simulations of Evaporative Convection in Multilayer Systems led by Dr S. Horn and Prof Alban Pothérat at the Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS) at Coventry University.

The motion induced by evaporative convection often goes unnoticed because of the long time scales of minutes, hour, and days, on which it occurs. However, it is everywhere around us and responsible for many of the beautiful and intricate patterns that we observe in everyday life as in our coffee and tea cups, on a lake surface, or in the clouds in the sky. That these patterns also exhibit complicated dynamics can, however, easily be seen in time-lapse videos of the phenomena.

In this PhD project, we are especially interested in the unsteady and turbulent regime, relevant for atmospheric flows, such as hurricanes, and many technological applications associated with phase changes, especially in chemical engineering, material sciences, biotechnology, and remote sensing. We plan on implementing a two-layer system with phase transition into a well-established high-order finite volume thermal convection code. High-resolution direct numerical simulations shall be conducted to characterise the features of evaporative convection with the long-term goal of improving fluidic cooling and thermostabilisation technologies.

Funding Information

The PhD studentship is open to both UK/EU and international graduates and fully funded, including

  • Full tuition fees
  • Stipend/bursary
  • Additional allowances

For more information about the award scheme attached to this opportunity please visit this link.

Application Process

For informal enquiries and further information please contact Dr Susanne Horn [email protected]

To apply for this PhD, please email susanne.horn@coventry.ac.uk.

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