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PhD studentship, University of Manchester, UK
Project Title: Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Modelling of multi-phase flows in nuclear containment vessels
Project Description:
This PhD studentship is part of a National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) funded EPSRC CASE Award in the exciting new area modelling of the multi-phase thermal nuclear flows and engineering hydraulics using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). 
Multi-phase fluids are encountered in a wide range of nuclear processes.  The project in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) will focus upon the development of the novel numerical smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) technique for simulating the scouring of settled solids from the base of containment tanks.  The research will consider the impinging jet produced by a pulse jet mixer and the solid/liquid interaction which occurs as the jet strikes a layer of settled solids. The new work will involve extending the existing model to 3D (to represent a full containment vessel or a section of it) and improving the realism of the underlying physical models. The simulation results will be validated against experimental data captured at NNL’s Workington Facility.
It is expected that the project student will spend up to 6 months working closely with NNL on industrial placements throughout the PhD.
Skills Required:
Entry requirements can be found by selecting the relevant PhD programme at this link:
You should also have strong computation skills, programming (C++/Fortran), good level of UG maths for engineering, knowledge of physics relevant to free-surface and/or multi-phase flow.
Candidates must be UK Nationals
Application deadline:
As soon as possible
Project specific enquiries:
General enquiries:
General enquiries relating to the postgraduate application process within Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering should be directed to:
Ruth Whelan - Senior PG Recruitment & Admissions Administrator
Tel: +44(0)161 275 4345
Further information about how to apply can be found at: http://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/apply/
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