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Explosive evaporation – the superheat limit and hydrodynamic instability for liquid droplet (SAM04)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Project detail

This PhD project aims to understand and model the superheat limit and instabilities during the evaporation of liquid droplet which underpins the phenomena of explosive boiling. Explosive boiling usually occurs when a low temperature liquid is immersed into a high temperature fluid. The high pressure generated during the fast evaporation process in practical applications can be undesirable from the safety point of view but could potentially be very useful for power generation. Therefore, being able to understand and model the superheat limit can be important for the safety and efficiency of energy systems where explosive boiling happens.

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 research will include:

1. Systematic review of the existing physical models for explosive boiling and relevant phase change and hydrodynamic instability theories.
2. Experimental quantifications of the superheat limit of single and multi-component liquids and the consequential explosive boiling process by setting a high-speed optical diagnostic system.
3. Theoretical analysis of the superheat limit and the instabilities during the explosive boiling process.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

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/or experience in analytical and experimental investigation of the liquid-vapour phase change process or hydrodynamic instabilities will be an advantage.

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: SAM04

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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