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Elastic turbulence in complex fluids

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    Dr T Waigh
    Dr P A Martin
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Information about the project:
A fully funded PhD studentship is available starting from October 2019 in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester. It is a joint project with supervisors from the School of Physics and Astronomy, the School of Chemical Engineering and Unilever Research (Port Sunlight).
In concentrated solutions complex fluids demonstrate many unusual poorly understood non-linear flow phenomena. For example, elastic turbulence has been observed in concentrated opaque solutions of DNA at flow rates a million times lower than expected from the theories of Osbourne Reynolds for conventional turbulence. Worm-like micelles are also giant polymeric systems, similar to DNA, and unusual non-linear flow instabilities have also been observed with them, such as elastic turbulence and shear banding (stripes of different velocity gradient spontaneously form in the sheared fluids).
This PhD project is for an experimental physicist to examine a new optoelectronics technique (optical coherence tomography, OCT) to explore the fluid mechanics of complex structured fluids [1, 2, 3]. The novelty in the use of OCT lies in its ability to measure the velocity of opaque fluids that are hard to study with other methods due to multiple light scattering and it has thus opened a new experimental window into their behavior.
The student will base his/her research at Manchester, but will undertake some research and training at Unilever (Port Sunlight). The project thus provides a unique training opportunity for the student to learn how to link leading physical research to advanced engineering applications.

Qualifications applicants should have/expect to receive:
The successful candidate will have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in a relevant degree (e.g. MPhys, MSci or MEng in physics or engineering). Those with photonics and soft matter expertise with an enthusiasm for research and innovation are particularly encouraged to apply. Women and minority candidates are also encouraged to apply.

Amount of funding available and eligibility:
The project is funded for a period of 3.5 years with a full UK/EU studentship available to cover university fees and stipends at the standard stipend rate (rate TBC for 2019/20). No prior experience of optical coherence tomography is required as training and support will be provided.

Contact for further information: [Email Address Removed] or drop in to Room 3.09, Biological Physics Group, in the Schuster Building on the Manchester campus.

Project Supervisors: Dr. Tom Waigh (Manchester, Physics) and Prof. Philip Martin (Manchester, Chemical Engineering).

How to apply: standard procedure by following the online application from www.manchester.ac.uk, but informal enquiry should be directed to Dr. Tom Waigh.

Funding Notes

The project is funded for a period of 3.5 years with a full UK/EU studentship available to cover university fees and stipends at the standard stipend rate (rate TBC for 2019/20). No prior experience of optical coherence tomography is required as training and support will be provided.

How good is research at University of Manchester in Physics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 64.90

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