About the Project
The movement of particle-liquid suspensions in pipes and vessels of various scales is a generic complex problem. Industries dependent on particle-liquid flow are numerous including chemicals, consumer goods, food, pharmaceuticals, oil, mining, river engineering, construction, power generation, biotechnology and biomedical. This project will address some of the experimental challenges of these complex flows using the unique novel technique of Lagrangian Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) pioneered at The University of Birmingham, to develop the missing physical understanding of the pertinent phenomena of particle-liquid flow in different flow systems across the scales (micro, meso, macro) including straight pipes, bifurcations, manifolds etc. Other advanced Eulerian optical laser flow imaging techniques, e.g. particle imaging velocimetry (PIV) and/or micro-PIV, may also be used as appropriate. The work will also address, as appropriate, theoretical/modelling aspects of the project in collaboration with the other partners, which may include numerical simulations (e.g. CFD) depending on the candidate’s background and interests.
The project provides a unique opportunity to train a student in advanced research techniques and equip him/her with a wide range of skills that will enhance his/her employability by a wide spectrum of industries including food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, energy, environmental, minerals, biomedical etc.
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