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Hydrodynamics of Magnetic Responsive Foams

School of Engineering

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Dr R Rafati , Dr A Sharifi Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Multiphase flow systems such as foams contribute considerably to the world economy and have a wide range of applications from food, medical and fire-fighting to environmental treatment, mineral processing and oil and gas industries. In particular, foams are used in food and beverage industry, firefighting, filling of wall cavities, flow in porous media for oil recovery improvement or in medical applications like drug delivery and foam sclerotherapy. Therefore, foams are attractive materials if one can keep their rheological properties stable throughout the process. However, there is no feasible way in which their thermodynamic stability can be maintained without using large quantities of expensive chemicals or complicated techniques. Therefore, it is essential to develop a method that can safely and economically maintain the long-term thermodynamic stability of foams and control their dynamic behaviour.

In this project, the research student will investigate the effect of magnetic particles on hydrodynamics of aqueous/ non-aqueous foam systems.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Petroleum Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics.

Essential background: Student should have suitable chemistry background. The student also need to be familiar with fluid mechanics and heat transfer of non-Newtonian fluids.

Knowledge of: Nanotechnology, foams, magnetic, nanoparticles, Rheology, Heat transfer, Fire fighting.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr R Rafati ([Email Address Removed]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([Email Address Removed])

This project will require additional research costs in addition to tuition fees and living expenses (£3,000). Contact supervisor for further details

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Petroleum Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT.
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