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Flow simulations using particle-based computational fluid dynamics methods

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman
    Dr J Gomes
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Computational fluid dynamics is now used to study increasingly complex and extreme applications, ranging from micro/nano fluidic devices to the extreme conditions encountered in cement kilns, or satellites moving through the exosphere. These applications (finite Knudsen number flows) are often studied using Direct-Simulation Monte Carlo. This is a mesh-free technique which solves the Boltzmann equation; from which hydrodynamics, and many other effects, arise. As the fluid is mesh-free, it can capture complex geometry with relative ease, making it ideal for the study of confined flows.

This project aims to develop the modern IDSMC technique within the DynamO simulation framework, and to apply it to flow problems in porous media. The project focuses on extending simplified/empirical descriptions for flow in geological formations in the Oil and Gas industry. Later applications will concern reaction-diffusion systems for the optimal design of fuel cell electrodes. In both cases, the simulation domain will be directly constructed from 3D X-Ray tomographical data sets obtained from research/industrial applications.

The project will provide training in DSMC simulations, as well as general knowledge in high-performance computing and numerical methods.

For more information on the method and simulation software used, please see

The successful candidate should have, or expect to have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Computational Science or a related field with knowledge of Programming, algorithms, fundamental physics

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project, it is for self-funded students only.


Application Process:

Formal applications can be completed online: You should apply for PhD in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing. Please ensure that you quote the project title and supervisor on the application form.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr M Campbell Bannerman, ([email protected]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit ([email protected]).

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