Fully-Funded PhD Studentship in Nano Fluid Dynamics
School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
(start date by arrangement, in the period: Sep 2011 - March 2012)
FOR UK/EU CITIZENS ONLY
The School of Engineering at the University of Warwick is offering a fully-funded PhD scholarship for 3½ years, in Nano- and Micro-Scale Fluid Dynamics. This prestigious opportunity is connected to a £2.4M EPSRC Programme Grant, awarded jointly to Dr Duncan Lockerby (University of Warwick), Prof. Jason Reese (University of Strathclyde) and Prof. David Emerson (Daresbury Laboratory). The research targets the unconventional fluid dynamics at the nano- and micro-scale needed to simulate and design engineering flow systems of the future. The simulation tools developed in the project will be applied to a wide range of global challenges in health, transportation, energy and climate.
Background & Project Overview:
The United Nations estimates that by 2050, four billion people in 48 countries will lack sufficient water. As 97 percent of the water on the planet is saltwater, large-scale technologies to make seawater or other contaminated water drinkable are therefore needed urgently.
At the same time, figures from the US Energy Information Administration forecast that China's passenger transportation energy use per capita will triple over the next 20 years, and India's will double. Improving the fuel efficiency of air and marine transport is a strategic priority for governments and companies around the world, and would reduce the emissions that lead to climate change.
Nano- and micro-scale engineering presents an important opportunity to help meet these pressing and future challenges. For example, the drag on aircraft and ship hulls is a source of major inefficiency in modern transportation, but it may be controlled by embedding micro systems and/or nano structures over the vehicle's surface. Also, nanotubes show remarkable properties in efficiently transporting and filtering water.
This cross-disciplinary research project targets the unconventional fluid dynamics that is key to innovating in these visionary applications. The aim is to deliver a comprehensive new technique for simulating non-equilibrium fluid dynamics at the nano- and micro-scale, and deploy it on several important technical challenges. In this research we aim to:
- accurately simulate and predict the performance of a diverse range of future technologies;
- optimise their design within realistic engineering parameters;
- propose completely new designs which exploit flow behaviour at this scale for greatest technological impact.
The PhD student on this Programme will contribute to these research objectives through one or more of the following:
- development of novel fundamental theory in both fluid dynamics and molecular dynamics;
- implementation on the High Performance Computing facilities available in each of the participating institutions; and
- application of the simulation tools to a range of future engineering technologies, to improve and optimise their design.
The consortium leading the Programme has flourished over 10 years into an international driver for understanding thermodynamically non-equilibrium flows. In addition to this PhD scholarship, this flagship engineering research Programme is funding five PhD students and an additional 15 years of experienced researcher time. This is alongside support worth £720,000 from nine external industrial partners.
This Programme offers an exceptional research and training opportunity for the successful applicant:
- training and experience in state-of-the-art engineering research;
- integral industrial involvement, including secondments into leading multi-national companies;
- exposure to a breadth of subject matter and range of technology applications;
- a peer group of at least five other PhD students working together on the same project;
- close mentoring from a network of experienced postdoctoral researchers;
- regular national and international travel to present results at conferences;
- a large degree of project flexibility, with opportunities to bid for resources for new research initiatives;
- collaboration with leading international scientists, through the Programme’s Visiting Scientist scheme.
(fully-funded for UK/EU citizens only)
This is a challenging and rewarding project, so applicants should have (or be close to obtaining) a 1st or 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in either mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, applied maths, physics, or related subjects with a strong mathematical content. Experience of high-level programming languages, particularly C++, and/or the OpenFOAM software would also be an advantage.
The annual stipend will be £13,590 (tax free), for 3½ years, with all PhD supervision fees paid.
To apply: Please email a full Curriculum Vitae with the names and contact details of two referees to:
We will offer this scholarship to the first person applying with the appropriate set of skills.
Start date by arrangement (in the period: Sep 2011 - March 2012).