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EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing EngD Studentship (fully funded): CFD modelling of solid fuel combustion

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    Prof G R Tabor
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Project Description

Location: Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

Primary supervisor: Professor Gavin Tabor, University of Exeter

Supporting Company: Hunter Stoves

Project description:

University of Exeter and Hunter Stoves are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an International Engineering Doctorate awarded jointly by the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield.

As a ‘research engineer’ on our International Doctorate programme you will have unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities. While you will be based at University of Exeter and Hunter Stoves, you will also spend time at Warwick and Cranfield Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your company and the global marketplace.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the solution of fluid flow and multiphysics equations using computers; as such it has application in a wide range of different industries. In particular it can be used to calculate detailed flow properties in complex geometries, and so provide key input into design decisions. It is particularly valuable in modelling the complex physical processes involved in combustion, to provide information to optimise the system design to be more efficient, less polluting and safer.

Hunter Stoves produces a range of high end wood-burning stoves for the consumer market. They have 30 years experience in design based on experimental work but wish to incorporate CFD tools into their design process. You will be responsible for developing and validating novel computational models for combustion into CFD, working alongside their experienced R&D team, and providing modelling input to their next generation of domestic stoves. In addition you will develop automated tools for design optimisation from CFD, using techniques such as surrogate modelling, design of experiments and Baysian Optimisation. Experience in CFD, Solidworks and programming with C++ or Python would be helpful but not essential; you will undertake an appropriate training programme in the first year of the Doctorate.

This opportunity provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs. Qualifying students are eligible for an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances, paid by the Centre. For 2016 this totals approximately £19,000 tax free per annum.
The funding is for four years and will also cover University tuition fees and all course fees as well as a travel allowance to attend courses.

Contact for informal enquiries: Professor Gavin Tabor ([Email Address Removed]), tel: 01392 263662

Application criteria: Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics or Mathematics.

• High levels of innovative thought and lateral thinking
• Excellent analytical and reporting skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong computer skills and the ability to learn new software quickly
• Self-motivated, capable of working with minimal guidance and supervision, and within a team.
• Enthusiasm for the subject

Applications are to be made via the University of Warwick. To apply, please complete the online enquiry form and upload your CV:

Funding Notes

4 year studentship including (Home/EU) Tuition fees and a stipend circa £19,000 per annum

Residency criteria: Due to funding regulations this studentship is available to UK/EU candidates only (full tuition fees and maintenance allowance).

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