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Modelling and simulation of filling operations in the personal care and food industries

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship in the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science of the University of Manchester. This post is part of a large collaborative project involving The University of Manchester, University of Cambridge, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and Unilever, and aims to address the challenges in understanding, creating and scaling up manufacturing processes for formulated products in fast moving consumer goods. Further details about the project can be found at

This project aims to develop numerical models of filling operations of highly-viscous complex fluids in the personal care and food industries using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code. 3D CFD simulations of bottle filling and of the flow through valves and nozzles will be further used to parametrise lower dimensionality (1D) models of the process for a faster design and control of the complete hydraulic network. The use of these numerical tools will allow to streamline machine design and obtain more sustainable process conditions, resulting in a minimisation of downtime, a reduction in costs and minimisation of product waste.

The successful applicant will make use of supercomputer resources to carry out calculations of the flow of non-Newtonian fluids in complex geometries. They will work within a multidisciplinary team, involving both academics and industrialists, which uses modelling and process analytics to fully understand and control the interactions that affect the processing of such materials

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until a candidate is selected; therefore, candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics or another relevant field with a strong background in Fluid Mechanics. Strong aptitude for computational work and good programming skills are desired.

The School is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science and engineering. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

This project is part of CAFE4DM (, a large project between The University of Manchester and Unilever and may involve the student spending time at Unilever facilities in the UK.

Funding Notes

Full studentship for a UK/EU students only
Funding covers tuition fees and annual maintenance payments as per standard RCUK stipend (typically, at least £14,777 a year)

How good is research at University of Manchester in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?
Chemical Engineering

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.90

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