Dynamics of fire whirl in open and closed spaces: fundamental physics and modelling
A fire whirl is an intense and potentially devastating phenomena which under the correct conditions can result in the formation of a tornado-like structure, i.e., the heat released from a fire changes the dynamics of the surrounding air causing a rotating column of air to form, which in turn increases the flame height and burning rate of the fire. Despite the devastating power of fire whirls, relatively little is understood about their internal structure. In this research, we aim to address this though a combination of (small-scale) physical measurements and high fidelity numerical modelling using Large-eddy simulation (LES). The project aims at (i) using open source platforms to develop and validate an LES flow solvers for modelling this class of flow; (ii) identifying the combinations of causes that are required to form a fire whirl; (iii) establishing a framework for predicting the formation and movements of FWs at different topological and ambient conditions in open and closed spaces.
The University of Birmingham is looking to recruit a highly motivated graduate with an engineering or mathematical background to undertake this research. You will be working alongside a highly experience team who are known for the quality of their research and creative approach to problem solving. Applicants are encouraged to send a CV Dr Medhi Jiang ([Email Address Removed]) before making a formal application.
There is a competitive funding opportunity for a bursary if an applicant is one of the best students who apply across the school (for many different projects). This is highly competitive and would, at best, only partially cover overseas student registration fees. Paid work in the UK during a full-time degree is restricted to a maximum number of hours per week and therefore is unlikely to cover what is required. Therefore an independent source of funding is required for overseas students from outside the EU.
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