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

   School of Science and Engineering

  ,  Sunday, June 30, 2024  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

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

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


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 our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Candidates must apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in either Mathematics or Mechanical Engineering:

- Mathematics: Mathematics research degrees | University of Dundee

- Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical engineering and mechatronics research degrees | University of Dundee

Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the Research Proposal section, please:

-       Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-       Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Engineering (12) Materials Science (24) Mathematics (25)

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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