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Computer modelling of fluid flow within supercoolers used in the continuous casting of metals

School of Science and Engineering

Dundee United Kingdom Applied Mathematics Data Analysis Fluid Mechanics Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Operational Research Materials Science Mathematics Statistics

About the Project

Aim: Develop computer model of engineering process for manufacturing.
Supercoolers are a key component used in the solidification of liquid metal by cooling. Solidification of metal (casting) is an important manufacturing process used in the processing of large volumes of metal (by the tonne), for a wide range of manufacturing applications, which include but are not limited to high conductivity powder transmission, solder/brazing, particle accelerators and electric cars. It is the role of the student to develop a computer model of the ‘supercooler’ device and to quantify its efficiency for heat extraction. From this model a new design will be constructed to improve the efficiency of the device. The project consists of modelling, design, manufacturing and testing stages. The student will be expected to provide the modelling and design stages, however the optimised device will be manufactured and tested by project partners and tested within an industrial environment.

Essential skills/knowledge: Computer Science, Mathematics, Fluid Dynamics
Desirable skills/knowledge: Engineering; design for engineering; finite modelling; computer languages C/C++ or Python/MATLAB.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Thomas Jones ()
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr Thomas Jones () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Jones, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Candidates must apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in either Mathematics or Mechanical Engineering:
- Mathematics:
- Mechanical Engineering:
Select the start date and study mode (full-time/part-time) agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees, project specific bench fees and living expenses via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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