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Numerical modelling of unconfined gas mixing of municipal wastewater sludge in anaerobic sludge digesters using the Lattice-Boltzmann Method

Project Description

Applications are invited for a three-year, fully-funded, PhD studentship at the School of Engineering and Informatics, the University of Bradford, UK. This studentship is supported by the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics (FoEI). This project aims to develop and employ a coupled hydrodynamic and anaerobic digestion numerical model to optimise digester design and mixing for maximum energy recovery.

The student will use standardised synthetic sludge data from our previous research to develop a simplified, sludge-specific biokinetic model. An existing Lattice- Boltzmann (LB) model developed in our earlier research within the same grant will be extended to reproduce the biokinetic model of the experimental data. LB training will be delivered with the assistance and collaboration of KIT-Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), a collaborator with the University of Bradford to the EPSRC-funded project “CoMAnDO: Computational Methods for Anaerobic Digestion Optimisation”. The validated model will be applied to a full-scale design under different scenarios to enhance biogas yield.

Funding Notes

Stipend of £15,009 per year (2019/20) and UK/EU Fees

International students will be required to cover the difference between the international and home/EU tuition fees. More details on fees on View Website.

Based at Bradford with opportunity for training and travel to Karlsruhe, Germany.

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