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Hydrodynamic Characterisation of Hydraulic Capsule Pipelines


Project Description

Robert Gordon University, through the School of Engineering is offering a PhD studentship with tuition fees funded for Home/EU or International applicants.
This is a fees-only funded PhD studentship provided by the School of Engineering and interested candidates will have to secure their own financial support to upkeep their living costs.

Hydraulic Capsule Pipelines are 3rd generation of pipelines where solid objects called capsules, which are hollow (to accommodate cargo), are transported within the pipeline due to the differential pressure across them. This multiphase transportation mode in a pipeline is deemed to be more reliable, cheaper, faster and environment friendly.

Hydrodynamic characterisation of such pipelines is essential for their optimal design, continuous operation and commercial viability. Hydrodynamic characterisation of Hydraulic Capsule Pipelines includes the effects of geometrical parameters and flow conditions on the pressure drop across the pipeline, where the geometrical parameters corresponds to the shape and size of the capsules, while the flow conditions include pumping power (flow velocity), capsule density effects, orientation of the pipeline, effects of pipe fittings etc. The pressure drop across the pipeline then needs to be associated with the complex flow phenomena, the energy content within the flow, the friction factors etc, using a wide variety of analytical and statistical tools, such as Proper Orthogonal Decomposition etc. Based on these analyses, Hydraulic Capsule Pipelines’ design methodology needs to be developed, based on Least-Cost Principle, which will lead to the development of design charts that can be used to appropriately design such pipelines.

The project involves analytical (Pipeline Transport), experimental (Flow Loop) and numerical (Computational Fluid Dynamics) investigations.

Applications should be emailed to Dr Taimoor Asim at . The applications should consist of a covering letter or personal statement of interest, and a CV.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 15th April 2020.

It is expected that candidates are available to register and commence study in October 2020.

Questions should initially be addressed to:
Dr Taimoor Asim
School of Engineering
Robert Gordon University
The Sir Ian Wood Building
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 1224 262457
E:
W: https://www3.rgu.ac.uk/dmstaff/asim-taimoor

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a First- or Second-Class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Offshore Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering. An MSc in a relevant subject is highly desirable. Knowledge or experience of Fluid Mechanics and modelling & simulations is advantageous.

Funding
This studentship will cover the tuition fees only. Living costs and expenses are self-funded by the applicant.

Keywords: Hydraulic Capsule Pipeline, Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Pipeline Design and Analysis, Pipeline Transport, Multiphase Flow, Least-Cost Principle, Proper Orthogonal Decomposition, Flow Loop

Funding Notes

This studentship will cover the tuition fees only. Living costs and expenses are self-funded by the applicant.

How good is research at Robert Gordon University in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 14.00

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