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Experimental and theoretical investigation of the maximum heat transfer rate in liquid-vapour evaporative cooling system

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: WS06
Start date of studentship: 1st October 2019
Closing date of advert: 28th January 2019
Interview date: TBC


Primary supervisor: Dr Huayong Zhao
Secondary supervisor: Dr Francois Nadal

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Full Project Detail

This PhD project aims to explore the maximum heat transfer rate in the liquid-vapour evaporative cooling technologies which would enable the development of energy systems with higher energy and power densities. This is an opportunity for a world-class research training at Loughborough University, including opportunities to explore the state-of-art optical diagnostic facilities, and attend international conferences. The successful applicant will be expected to be an integral part of a multi-discipline research team with strong collaborations with academics and industries worldwide.

The research will include:
1. Systematic review of the existing state-of-art liquid-vapour evaporative cooling technologies and relevant physical models;
2. Theoretical analysis of the thermal resistances and hydrodynamic instabilities in typical liquid-vapour evaporative cooling systems;
3. Experimental quantifications of the heat transfer rates and hydrodynamic instabilities during the liquid-vapour phase change process.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering, physics, or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and research experience in analytical and experimental investigation of the liquid-vapour phase change process will be an advantage.

Funding information:

Contact details:
Name: Dr Huayong Zhao
Email address:
Telephone number: 01509227530

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering.

Please quote reference number: WS06

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a tax-free stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate. The UKRI stipend value for 2019/20 has not yet been announced but the value for 2018/19 was £14,777. While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 26th March 2019.

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