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Numerical modelling of settling microplastic fragments using the Lattice-Boltzmann method

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a three-year, fully-funded, PhD studentship at the School of Engineering, the University of Bradford, UK. This studentship is supported by the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics (FoEI). This project aims to develop a numerical model to simulate settling patterns and velocities for different types of microplastic fragments through the Lattice-Boltzmann method.

The student will use existing OpenLB open-source C++ libraries (and contribute to their further development) to simulate the motion of different microplastic fragments in water under different conditions, and validate the numerical results against literature experimental data. Lattice-Boltzmann training will be delivered with the assistance and collaboration of KIT-Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), a collaborator with the University of Bradford.

• A first class or 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in an appropriate discipline (engineering, mathematics or physics).
• Excellent mathematical, analytic, programming skills.
• The candidate must have, or must be strongly committed to acquire, a good command C++14, Unix environment and Python.
• Previous experience in Lattice-Boltzmann modelling and OpenLB software would be welcome.

Funding Notes

The studentship will provide funding for 3 years including tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the standard UKRI rate, ~ £15,000 for the 2019/20 academic year.

Full funding is available to Home and EU students. The funding can also be used to partly support an international student.

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