Supervisory Team: J M Muggleton & M Kalkowski
Would you like to make a difference in protecting one of earth's most essential resources - water? Would you like to help the UK eliminate leakage-related water loss? A 3.5-year fully-funded PhD post is available to work on monitoring pipeline leak progression for supporting water network prognostics.
Leakage from pipes is a significant issue in the water industry, both in environmental and economic and health terms. The UK is determined to tackle this problem and recently set up the Zero Leakage 2050 initiative. While pipe bursts usually receive vivid media coverage, there is relatively little known on what precedes a burst and how a miniscule leak transforms into a major burst.
This PhD position, with strong industrial links, focuses on unveiling the mechanisms behind the leak-to-burst transition and developing acoustic-based methods for monitoring this evolution. You will investigate the characteristic features of leak noise and work towards identifying plausible algorithms for lifespan prognosis. Both theoretical and experimental aspects (including flow visualisation) will help you develop a unique skillset in physics, data processing, and experimentation while making a meaningful impact in a timely and yet untapped area of research.
You will work in the Dynamics Group of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at Southampton. ISVR has been at the forefront of leak detection research for decades and shows a steady grant and industrial contracts income in this area. You will be a part of the Sustainable Infrastructure and Cities Centre for Doctoral Training which includes multi-disciplinary researchers from across the entire faculty. The experimental work will be conducted at ISVR labs, the Future Towns Innovation Hub at Chilworth Science Park, and live industrial test sites.
The project is funded by UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR), the water industry research procurement body in the UK.Y
If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Jen Muggleton, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Email: [Email Address Removed]
A very good undergraduate degree (ideally a 1st class honours degree, but at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent) in an engineering discipline, mathematics or physics.
Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2023, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.
Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £17,668 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.
Non-UK students may apply; full funding may be available or a small top-up from the student may be required, depending on the calibre of the applicant
How To Apply
Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Dr Jen Muggleton
Applications should include:
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page
For further information please contact: [Email Address Removed]