We're home to award-winning and internationally recognised research centres spanning energy, aerospace, fluids, structures and materials. Our work involves both the creation of new knowledge and understanding, and translating that new knowledge into the technologies of tomorrow.
The department’s research, teaching and industrial support work is underpinned by state-of-the-art laboratories and local-access to a 3500-node region supercomputer.
You can study an MPhil over the course of one year or a PhD over three.
You can study either degree in any of our four research groups:
Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme
As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD).
This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.
It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:
- the knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
- the personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
- the standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
- working with others and communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences
All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.
Shape Optimisation of Hydraulic Devices
Development and application of optimisation methods and tools to find the best shape of existing hydraulic devices – or some of their components - to maximise one or more predefined perfomance based on CFD/FEM modelling
Topology Optimisation of Hydraulic Devices
Development and application of topology optimisation methods and tools to find the best configuration of innovative hydraulic devices – or some of their components - to achieve the best structural design
Turbulence, Plumes and Transport of Pollutants in Gases at Very High Temperatures
With this project, we propose an investigation into a variety of flow configurations driven by gravity (buoyancy convection) at very high temperatures and/or driving temperature gradients
Thermally Driven Flows in Solidification Processes
With this project, we propose a numerical investigation into a variety of dynamics and effects produced by the interaction of an advancing solidification front with thermally-driven convection in the melt.
Particle Dynamics in Thermally Driven Flows
We propose an investigation into a variety of dynamics and effects produced by the interaction of particles with fluid flow driven by a temperature gradient. Related technological applications abound in the fields of thermal, mechanical, nuclear and chemical engineering (at several scales).
Protein Crystals and Pharmaceutical Processes: A Fluid-dynamic Approach to Macromolecular Crystal Engineering
The relevance of self-organization, pattern formation and non-equilibrium behaviour in a wide range of problems, related to macromolecular crystal engineering and typical pharmaceutical processes for the production of drugs and medicines, calls for a concerted approach using the tools of statistical physics
An investigation into Soft Tissue Biomechanics using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Aim of the present project is the modelling and numerical simulation of soft-tissue growth in rotating bioreactors and related morphological evolution. Numerical simulations will be used as a relevant and suitable tool in the analysis of such dynamics.
Fluid Dynamics and Solid Transport in Thermal Flows
With this Ph.D. project, we propose an investigation into the dynamics of natural thermal flows typically encountered in industrial applications and manufacturing techniques, essentially thermal fluid motion driven by gravity and/or surface tension effects and related solid particle transport phenomena. Flows of thermo
Deadline:31 May 2019
Unlocking the Power of Data in the Shipping Industry.
The goal of this research is to enable the monitoring of the onboard equipment by exploiting heterogeneous sensors, enabling diagnosis and prognosis of the system’s components and their potential future failures.
Deadline:1 March 2019
PhD Advanced Algorithms for Breast Cancer Diagnosis from Tactile Images
A 42-month fully-funded PhD project, supported by EPSRC and industry partner PPS, focused on developing a system for automatically diagnosing and classifying lesions associated with breast cancer from tactile images.
Direct numerical simulation of polymeric-fluid flows
The purpose of this project is to apply a formulation to polymeric turbulent boundary layer flows and, in this way, to make some first, yet decisive, steps in the physics and algorithmics of fully-coupled polymeric boundary layer turbulence.
Direct Numerical Simulation of Ferrofluid flows
The project aim is to investigate particle-flow interactions in ferrofluids in both mesoscopic and macroscopic domains, paying equal emphasis on particle aggregation and structure formation and their possible effects on turbulence structures in flows through pipes and other devices.