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Joint PhD with RWTH Aachen: A comparative study of engine performance and pollutant formation during diesel and dimethyl ether injection

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Compression ignition engines are likely to remain a dominant prime mover for the foreseeable future, particularly in heavy duty road transport, sea transport and power generation. Dimethyl ether (DME) is one proposed zero emission fuel for compression ignition engines that can be made using renewable energy. DME also possesses several properties that makes it superior to diesel in terms of both engine performance and emissions.

However, several processes by which pollutants are formed in compression ignition engines are still poorly understood. This is particularly the case for particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) with alternative fuels such as DME. This project will therefore undertake a comparative experimental and numerical study of the formation of PM and NOx in diesel and DME sprays using a Constant Volume Chamber (CVC) and Large Eddy Simulations (LES).


The University of Melbourne: Eirini Godeli, Mohsen Talei, Robert Gordon, Yi Yang, and Michael Brear

RWTH Aachen: Marco Davidovic, Joachim Beeckmann, and Heinz Pitsch

If successful, the PhD candidate will be enrolled at both the University of Melbourne and RWTH Aachen. The candidate will be co-supervised by supervisors at both institutions, will be based at the University of Melbourne and will spend at least twelve months at RWTH Aachen.

Funding Notes

The application process is competitive, and the applicant will need to meet the entry requirements of both institutions.

Information on the University of Melbourne entry requirements: View Website.

Information about the Joint PhD Program between the University of Melbourne and RWTH Aachen: View Website

The candidate's scholarship will include a 100% fee remission scholarship, a living allowance for three years with a possible 6-month extension, and funding for travel.

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