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Alternative Aviation Fuel Autoxidation - Automatic Mechanism Generation Fully Funded PhD Studentship

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, November 30, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Academic supervisor: Dr. Simon Blakey, Dr. Anthony Meijer, Dr. Ehsan Alborzi; University of Sheffield

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated individual who wishes to study about underlying of thermal oxidative degradation of middle distillate fuels with particular focus on aviation cut. This is an interdisciplinary research project comprising of elements of thermofluids, chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry and computer programming. The project will use an automated reaction mechanism generator to develop the detailed mechanism for liquid phase autoxidation surrogate hydrocarbons representing aviation fuel. The detailed mechanism will be reduced in size with appropriate mathematical methods including sensitivity analysis and species lumping. The reduced mechanism will be expanded with the chemical pathways pertinent to chemistry of antioxidants, reactive sulfurs and dissolved metals. Computational chemistry will be used to ascertain the rate parameters of the reaction steps. Consequently, the robustness of generated mechanism will be assessed with respect to low scale, dynamic fuel thermal stability test device. This post will be part of a wider research programme in collaboration with Rolls Royce UK.

We are offering an opportunity for a 3 year, fully funded PhD, starting in January 2018. This project would suit a candidate with a 1st or 2.1 Bachelor or Master degree in any of following: chemical engineering, chemistry and applied mathematics. Skills in organic reactions (design and data analysis in chemical engineering), numerical work and / or chemical kinetics (preferably using RMG package and programming with C++) are desirable but not essential. Relevant research background in organic chemistry and fuels is favourable. An interest in the development of sustainable aviation fuels is desirable.

The award covers the tuition fees for UK/European students and a stipend of £15,000 per year tax free. International students are also eligible to apply, if the additional cost of the international tuition fees can be met by the applicant.

If you are interested, please apply online at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply/applying
with your CV. For further details, contact
Dr. Simon Blakey
Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD
Tel: 0114 2227819
Email:

Funding Notes

The award covers the tuition fees for UK/European students and a stipend of £15,000 per year tax free. International students are also eligible to apply, if the additional cost of the international tuition fees can be met by the applicant.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?
Mechanical engineering and Advanced manufacturing

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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