About the Project
Indicative project plan:
Months 0-5: The project will start with a period of familiarisation with the main topics and laboratory environment/techniques. This will be taking place through literature surveys in order to understand the state of the art in the primary topics of the project, such as thermal management systems for satellites and portable electronics, heat pipes and pulsating heat pipes design, flow and heat transfer and materials engineering for application to foldable pulsating heat pipes. In parallel, induction to laboratory equipment and manufacturing workshops will be taking place, with application through a variety of mini side projects. Deliverable 1: Literature survey.
Months 6-14: Design definition of a 1st generation pulsating heat pipe based foldable electronics thermal management system: Thermal & geometrical preliminary design, materials and manufacturing process, bread board prototyping, thermal and fluid flow characterisation (ground). Deliverable 2: Initial design and thermo-hydraulic performance report.
Months 15-23: Design of 2nd generation system from review of initial tests. Breadboard prototyping. Thermo-hydraulic characterisation (ground and variable g levels). Deliverable 3: Thermo-hydraulic performance report and recommendations for design/manufacturing, research publication (conference).
Months 24-31: Development of mathematical models from experimental results and contribution to improvement of existing pulsating heat pipe design and numerical simulation tools. Deliverable 4: Research publication (journal).
Months 32-35: Thesis write-up
Due to the post’s funding it is only open to home or EU applicants as defined by the Fees Regulations.
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