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PhD studentship on flow laminarisation and drag reduction

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 05, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Aerodynamic optimisation is of paramount importance in improving the design of aircrafts, automobiles as well as turbomachinery to reduce energy consumption and improve energy production efficiency. Recently it has been demonstrated numerically by researchers at University of Sheffield and experimentally by other research groups that the manipulation of the velocity profiles of a turbulent flow can cause it to become partially or fully laminarised, leading to significant drag reduction. This project is aimed at advancing this theory to better understand the flow laminarisation mechanisms and exploring a number of flow configurations to achieve effective flow laminarisation and drag reduction with minimal effort. The research will be carried out using advanced CFD, namely, direct numerical simulations (DNS), making use of high performance computing (HPC). Potentially, experiments can also be carried out in the fluids lab associated with the research group to verify and extend the numerical results. Advanced instrumentation is available in the lab which include particle image velocimetry (PIV) and laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) for velocity measurement and flush mount hot film anemometry for wall shear measurement.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate should have or be expected to obtain a 1st class or a good 2.1 degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering, physics, applied mathematics or a related discipline.

A strong interest in fundamental/numerical research in fluid mechanics is essential. Previous knowledge in CFD and experience in programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Matlab, Python) are desirable but not essential.

For further information about this project, please contact Professor Shuisheng He, via

To apply, please use our standard on-line PhD application form, including your CV and two references, and indicate on your form that you are replying to this advert. For further guidance on applying, please email

Funding Notes

A three-year studentship is available to start in September 2019 for applicants from the UK or EU with 3 years’ residency in the UK. The studentship covers the cost of tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free stipend at the standard UK EPSRC rate (£14277 in 2018/19).

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