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Controlled and uniform cooling of steel and ceramics products to reduce residual stresses and defects.

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

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Prof H Jouhara Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The successful applicant will look closely into the current existing methods of controlled cooling of products derived from the ceramic and steel production facilities. After building a state of the art of the up-to-today reported controlled cooling techniques such as heat pipes, the most efficient and recommended technologie(s) will be identified. Then, based on theoretical, computational (using design, CFD and simulation software), and experimental analyses, the researcher will investigate how, through an appropriate uniform cooling technique, residual stresses and other defects within the production can be eliminated. The research will focus on developing and modelling an efficient method of controlled cooling for the mentioned industries to show how an effective design can be developed to achieve better thermal and metallurgical specifications. To investigate the effectiveness of the develop model, the behaviour of the system under different thermal loads and conditions will be further simulated. Theoretical models and numerical simulations will later be validated through both lab scale test rigs and on-site experiments in the factories facilities. The researcher will have the opportunity to present the outcome of the research by publishing in international conferences and journals.

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)


[1] B. Delpech, B. Axcell, and H. Jouhara, “Experimental investigation of a radiative heat pipe for waste heat recovery in a ceramics kiln,” Energy, vol. 170, pp. 636–651, Mar. 2019.
[2] B. Delpech et al., “Energy efficiency enhancement and waste heat recovery in industrial processes by means of the heat pipe technology: Case of the ceramic industry,” Energy, vol. 158, pp. 656–665, Sep. 2018.
[3] H. Jouhara, B. Fadhl, and L. C. Wrobel, “Three-dimensional CFD simulation of geyser boiling in a two-phase closed thermosyphon,” Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, vol. 41, no. 37, pp. 16463–16476, Oct. 2016.
[4] N. Khordehgah, V. Guichet, S. P. Lester, and H. Jouhara, “Computational study and experimental validation of a solar photovoltaics and thermal technology,” Renew. Energy, vol. 143, pp. 1348–1356, Dec. 2019.
[5] A. Chauhan, J. Trembley, L. C. Wrobel, and H. Jouhara, “Experimental and CFD validation of the thermal performance of a cryogenic batch freezer with the effect of loading,” Energy, vol. 171, pp. 77–94, Mar. 2019.
[6] S. Almahmoud and H. Jouhara, “Experimental and theoretical investigation on a radiative flat heat pipe heat exchanger,” Energy, vol. 174, pp. 972–984, May 2019.
[7] B. Fadhl, L. C. Wrobel, and H. Jouhara, “Numerical modelling of the temperature distribution in a two-phase closed thermosyphon,” Appl. Therm. Eng., vol. 60, no. 1–2, pp. 122–131, Oct. 2013.
[8] H. Jouhara and R. Meskimmon, “Experimental investigation of wraparound loop heat pipe heat exchanger used in energy efficient air handling units,” Energy, vol. 35, no. 12, pp. 4592–4599, Dec. 2010.
[9] J. Ramos, A. Chong, and H. Jouhara, “Experimental and numerical investigation of a cross flow air-to-water heat pipe-based heat exchanger used in waste heat recovery,” Int. J. Heat Mass Transf., vol. 102, pp. 1267–1281, Nov. 2016.
[10] V. Guichet, S. Almahmoud, and H. Jouhara, “Nucleate pool boiling heat transfer in wickless heat pipes (two-phase closed thermosyphons): A critical review of correlations,” Therm. Sci. Eng. Prog., vol. 13, 2019.

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