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Characterisation of flow around bivalve (Pecten maximus) shells

   School of Engineering

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

A number of studies have highlighted the ability of freshwater mussels to behave as so-called ecosystem engineers;

actively modifying their local environment through mechanisms such as filtering and passively by modifying bed

roughness. Attempts have also been made to study the near bed flow structure around these mussels at the organism

scale however, the wider influence of properties such as the surface roughness of the shells remain unknown.

Furthermore, similar measurements around different members of the bivalve family are lacking. In particular very little is

known about the hydrodynamics of the shell of the scallop (Pecten maximus), recognisable by its distinctive ribbed

texture. The aim of this project is therefore to investigate characteristics of turbulent flow around the shell of a typical

scallop. The project will be experimental in nature. It is anticipated that a high resolution particle-image velocimetry (PIV)

system, deployed in both field and laboratory conditions, will be used for measuring the flow.

Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. The successful candidate should have, or expect to obtain, a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in suitable Engineering discipline (e.g. Civil, Mechanical), or Physics.

Knowledge of fluid mechanics, familiarity with MATLAB, previous laboratory experience.

Highly motivated, pro-active individual with keen interest in fluid mechanics and excellent communication skills, particularly in academic writing. 


Formal applications can be completed online: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/pgap/login.php

• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor

• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding

• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)

• Detailed CV, Personal Statement/Motivation Letter and Intended source of funding

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr M Stewart () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

Funding Notes

This PhD project has no funding attached and is therefore available to students (UK/International) who are able to seek their own funding or sponsorship. Supervisors will not be able to respond to requests to source funding. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website

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