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Simulation And Experiment-Driven Development Of A Low-NOx Fossil Fuel And Hydrogen-Based Nozzle Mix Gas Burner

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Dr S Campobasso Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

PhD: funded until June 2023
Start date: January 2020
Entry requirements: 2:1 degree or above
Lancaster University> Engineering

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( at Lancaster University (
A funded PhD linked with Proctor Process Plant Ltd Ref. No: LU-024

• Get paid £48,000 between the project start date and 30th June 2023 (paid in monthly instalments)
• Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees).
• Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”.
• This project is based at Lancaster University (, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West.
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.
This challenging and exciting industrial research project aims at reducing NOx and carbon emissions of combustors for the industrial process engineering by developing and testing innovative redesign solutions for an already successful series of industrial combustors. The development of the redesign solutions will be driven by Academic research making use of high performance computing-enhanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and combustion chemistry, and the developed innovative solutions will also undergo thorough experimental testing for cross-validation purposes.
The first stage of this two-stage project focus on reducing NOx and controlling CO emission using conventional carbon-based fuels, whereas the second stage aims at dramatically reducing carbon emission by using hydrogen as fuel.

The successful candidate will have an upper second Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent, and demonstrable track record in using CAD and advanced CFD software (e.g. ANSYS FLUENT or OpenFOAM, and TECPLOT) as well as computer programming and scientific computing. They will be capable of working effectively both independently and in a group. Also desirable is basic knowledge of combustion chemistry.

Enterprise and collaborative partners
This PhD is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University (supervision by Dr Sergio Campobasso of the Engineering Department) and Proctor Process Plant Ltd.

Proctor Process Plant Ltd. ( One of the largest burner manufacturers in the process industry based in Burnley in the UK. PPP is family owned business, trading since 1983, and with a strong export base.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


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