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Design of Enhanced Heat Transfer Surfaces through Novel Methods of Design and Manufacturing


Project Description

The project is in an exciting field at the forefront of designing and engineering surfaces that can provide enhanced heat transfer rates during pool boiling as used in a variety of applications. The successful candidate will be based at Brunel University London, but will be part of a team working with academics and researchers at Imperial College and the University of Edinburgh and Industrial partners.

The research carried out by the successful applicant will have two aspects. (i) Use of electroforming and laser machining techniques to produce micro-structured surfaces on a copper substrate and (ii) Electrochemical techniques will be employed to fabricate layers of porous material again on a copper substrate. As well as surface preparation, surface analysis and characterisation will be an important part of the investigation for both parts (i) and (i). Finally, both surfaces will be tested to provide evidence of heat transfer enhancement in pool boiling applications. Therefore the successful PhD candidate will work closely with the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow employed on the project for the heat transfer part of the research.

Please contact Professor Tassos Karayiannis at or +44(0)1895 267132 for an informal discussion about the project:

Funding Notes

The studentship is for a period of 3 years (36 months) starting 1st May 2019 or at a mutually agreed time after that. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 plus payment of their annual full time home/EU tuition fees. Applicants must be eligible for home or EU tuition fees.

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