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Flow measurement and visualisation in swirling flows


Project Description

The aim of this project is experimental investigation of swirling flows in sudden expansions. Such flows are encountered in many applications - e.g. turbomachinery, cooling flows and after treatment systems for turbocharged car engines. Recent trend to use turbochargers on engines results in swirling flow entering the catalyst or filter. The effect of swirl on the flow distribution inside the catalyst is not well understood.

The project will involve using flow measurement and visualisation techniques to investigate the effect of swirl on the flow pattern in a sudden expansion. HWA (Hot-Wire Anemometry) and Stereo PIV (particle-image velocimetry) will be used to get insight into the mechanisms governing the flow and to investigate the effect of flow parameters (mass flow rate, geometry, swirl level) on flow uniformity, flow separation and other phenomena characteristic to complex swirling flows.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD

• a taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark

PLUS

• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

Additional items:
• good analytical skills and a deep knowledge of fluid mechanics and heat transfer are essential
• experience in experimental flow work and coding (in particular using LabView and Matlab) is desirable

How to apply

Apply on line https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/
Submitting full supporting documentation, and covering letter, plus a 2000-word proposal addressing the research theme

Start date: May 2020

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: Jan 10th 2020

Interview dates: Will be advised to short listed candidates

Funding Notes

PhD Loans for 2019
You can apply now for a doctoral loan of up to £25,700 for a new UK PhD in any subject this year.

The money is provided by the UK Government and is paid to you in instalments.

Repayments are income-contingent and are made when you are earning over £21,000 a year.

You can get a PhD loan if you're an English - or Welsh-resident student studying in the UK or an EU student coming to study in England or Wales.

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