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The surprising application of tornados in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 03, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics is now recruiting to this fantastic PhD opportunity in partnership with GSK.

As a student on the CDT you will participate in a four year programme that combines an integrated MSc (completed over the first two years) paired with a three year PhD-level research programme. This gives you a combination of bespoke taught modules and inter-disciplinary research training.

You will be part of a supportive cohort of research students with different academic backgrounds, all focusing on different aspects of Fluid Dynamics. During the taught aspects of your course you will receive a range of tailored seminars, lectures and practical laboratories to cover the computational, experimental and analytical aspects of Fluid Dynamics. This provides you with a strong background to the fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics. In addition you will have access to a wide range of personal development activities. Further information on the CDT is available here:

The PhD project: The surprising application of tornados in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

Within industry, a range of processes have been developed that are routed in complex and sometimes counter-intuitive fluid phenomena – to put it another way, industry (just as nature does) can motivate really interesting and challenging fluid mechanic studies. Understanding these fundamental flows ultimately leads to better industrial processes and, in the context of this project, in manufacturing safe and effective medicines such as vaccines.

This project examines the behaviour of fluid that is spun and then decelerated rapidly in a container (e.g. a syringe body) as part of the process to detect foreign bodies within the manufacturing process. The collapse of the tornado creates an upwards motion within the fluid that then sets particles in motion, allowing their detection. The project will combine experimental and computational methods, so that the modelling work can be properly validated. In addition, you will work closely with staff from GlaxoSmithKline, a major pharmaceutical manufacturer, to bring new understanding to this important manufacturing process. There will also be the opportunity to add to our fundamental knowledge base in the area of dynamic rotating flows.

The project lead supervisor is Professor Nikil Kapur from the School of Mechanical Engineering.

How to apply: Complete online application form (see naming the PhD project on the form

Application deadline: 3rd May 2019

Queries: Please contact us on or +44 (0)113 343 5449

Funding Notes

Funding: Full standard studentship. Further details and eligibility at View Website

Entry requirements: A degree equivalent to a UK first class honours, or a high upper second class, in an engineering, mathematics or science discipline.

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