PhD Studentship: Combustion Analysis and Holistic System Modelling Utilising Hydrogen and Carbon Capture – Towards the Application of Low-carbon Fuels in the Glass Manufacturing (Funded EPSRC DTP PhD Studentship)

Project Description

This cross-disciplinary PhD project aims to provide new understanding of heat transfers of hydrogen combustion in furnace and develop a holistic system model to address integrated low-carbon energy systems embedded with hydrogen and carbon capture technologies in the glass manufacturing, providing new understandings on the environmental-economic-societal impact of the new technologies to help deliver net-zero carbon emission in the glass sector by 2050.

Decarbonisation and energy resilience will be a huge part of the UK’s ‘green industrial revolution’ in the next 30 years to tackle global climate change. Glass, including energy-efficient glazing and wind turbines, being one of the six foundation industries, is an energy-intensive consumer, 79% of which comes from fossil fuels, and consequently contributes 2 million-tonnes of CO2 in 2019. The glass sector has the potential to play a leading role in the circular economy concept and decarbonisation to achieve net-zero carbon emission by 2050 and beyond, especially when combined with hydrogen and carbon capture technologies. However, the combustion performance of zero-carbon fuels in high-temperature melting process will be different and yet to be fully understood. The long-term feedstocks availability, decarbonising impact and costs must be assessed, requiring detailed understandings on supply chains and technical viability.

The successful candidate will be joining the team of multidisciplinary researchers of the Energy Institute at The University of Sheffield to develop research and innovation for decarbonisation. The potential objectives include theoretical combustion study, system design, environmental-economic evaluations, and supply chains study.


Primary supervisor: Dr Ruoyang Yuan

Secondary supervisor: Prof. Lenny Koh

Funding Information

The funding covers the cost of tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free stipend for 3.5 years at the standard UK research rate (£15,609 in 2021/22).

The studentship is available for a student from the United Kingdom or from the European Union with 3 years residency in the UK.

Eligibility Requirements

Education: A good degree or Masters in Thermal science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical, Chemical, or other engineering.

Desirable skills: Mathematical modelling, Good analytical and programming skills

Other requirements: Self-motivated and a passion for the subject, excellent communication skills

Application Process

To apply, please visit the online application page, including your CV and two academic references and indicate on your form that you are replying to this advert. For more details contact Ruoyang Yuan at [email protected]

Start date of studentship: 27 September 2021

Supplementary Information

Location: The University of Sheffield is part of the prestigious Russell Group universities.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering ranks among the top in the UK, and has among the highest levels of research income.

Energy Institute at The University of Sheffield, UK is where the brightest minds come together to build a sustainable, secured and greener world. It is the largest Energy Institute in Europe which provides a platform for breakthrough research and innovation collaboration and partnership across industry sectors and government policies, addressing global energy resources and climate change challenges. Its transformational research and innovation bring the biggest social, environmental and economic impact for people and planet.

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