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Turbulent Multiphase Fluid Dynamics

Project Description

This PhD project seeks to enhance our fundamental understanding of turbulent multiphase flows and explore new technologies to enhance their control. While the topic the student would work on is in multiphase flows, the project may be focused on one of 2 key applications depending on the successful candidate’s interest and background. 1) fluid dynamics of renewable fuel delivery (in particular exploring the use of electrohydrodynamics in modifying turbulent spray behaviour) OR 2) fluid dynamics of drug delivery to the lungs (in particular improving the current design of dry powder inhalers through fundamental experiments studying drug powder dynamics in turbulent and transitional flows).

The project will generally entail design of a fully instrumented experimental rig, optical/laser diagnostic experiments, fundamental interpretation of fluid flow phenomena, as well as the potential to develop new theoretical models based on the experimental results. The candidate will be supervised by both postdoctoral and academic staff however must be independently driven, have a passion for fluid dynamics and engineering, and enjoy a serious challenge.

A successful candidate would have the opportunity to work in one of the most advanced laser diagnostic facilities in the world (http://web.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/thermofluids/index.php) while having the ability to carry out high-fidelity numerical simulations on readily available supercomputing facilities. The University’s engineering faculty is consistently ranked amongst the top 100 in the world.

Funding Notes

Prior to formal application, the candidate should contact Dr. Agisilaos Kourmatzis () with a CV, brief research proposal (maximum 3 pages) and a transcript of grades. This project would be applied for through the university wide *competitive* scholarship program (View Website). A successful candidate would typically have the equivalent of a First Class Honours Degree (e.g. A average), and be within the top 5-10% of their class. Students that are unsuccessful with university wide scholarships may be considered for school level funding.

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