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Numerical modelling of wind-wave-current-sediment interaction

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Z Xie
    Dr S Pan
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The main aim of the proposed project is to quantify the sediment transport and morphodynamics subjected to various ambient environments. Numerical simulations will be carried out and compared with experimental measurements, to reveal great details of sediment transport processes under the effect of the combined wind, wave and tide conditions.

This research is be built on the methodology which has been formulated. The specific objectives of the project are to address the challenges of the highly complex interactive nearshore processes including: (i) to refine and validate computational fluid dynamics code to perform the complex wind-wave-current interaction; and (ii) to simulate the sediment transport and bed evolution under the combined wind, wave and current effects. The research results will be significant to gain further insights into better quantifying the morphodynamics in the area for both academic research and engineering practice. The proposed work is adequate for a PhD student to undertake with 3.5 years. The technologies and new knowledge developed from this research are to be timely disseminated to the end users and coastal engineering community and beyond through attending international conferences and relevant workshops and meetings. The research results are also to be published in the international lead journals.

The supervisory team has extensive experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and sediment transport and a proven track record in all key elements of the project. The main supervisor and joint main supervisor have published over 30 and 50 journal papers respectively on developing, testing and applying advanced CFD methods for engineering applications (see publications).


You should have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK.

Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will be considered if they also have a master’s degree. Applicants with a minimum Upper Second Class degree and significant relevant non-academic experience are encouraged to apply.

Funding Notes

Full awards, including the Tuition fee and maintenance stipend (Approx. £14,777 in 2018/19), are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.


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The Programme name is Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with an October 2019 start date.

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