Swirling flows for air and water filtration

Coventry University

Centre for Fluids and Complex Systems

Project Description

Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship to undertake a doctoral study, within the Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems, that will focus on development of advanced experimental and modelling techniques to study fundamental flow features in flows related to air and water filtration.

Swirling flows are a challenging subject in fluid dynamics. Flow separation, vortex breakdown, complex instability patterns, high three-dimensional pressure gradients – all of these phenomena are often present at the same time. This makes experimental and numerical studies extremely difficult. Intrusive measurement techniques cannot be used because of the high coupling between flow in different regions, and most numerical methods cannot cope with the complexity of the flow physics. Yet swirling flows are common both in nature (e.g. tornadoes, ocean currents) and man-made systems (e.g. combustion, turbomachinery or filtration).

This project is funded by Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and will focus on development of advanced experimental and modelling techniques to study fundamental flow features in flows related to air and water filtration. Our experimental facilities include Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Hot Wire Anemometry systems, high frequency pressure scanners, hot and cold flow rigs. The applicant will be expected to develop their own experimental flow rigs and measurement techniques, e.g. particle shadow velocimetry system for particle motion tracking. Some modelling work will complement the experiments and provide extra insights into the flow physics, using advanced modelling techniques such as Large Eddy Simulations.

Funding Information

This is a fully-funded studentship including full tuition fees (UK/EU/International) plus stipend (based upon the applicable UKRI rate at the point of the award) and additional allowances.

Eligibility Requirements

The candidate should possess:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
    PLUS the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

In addition

  • Deep knowledge of fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics and excellent analytical skills are essential
  • Experience in experimental work and coding (Matlab and LabView) are desirable

Start Date: May 2021

Application Deadline: 25th January 2021

Duration of Study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application Process

Apply online directly at: pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/

For further details see link: Making an application

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Svetlana Aleksandrova.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Supplementary Information

Training and Development: The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

To apply for this PhD, please use the following application link: https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/studentships/eec-swirling-flows-for-air-and-water-filtration

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