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An Investigation into Droplet Splashing and Levitation Phenomena in Multiphase Systems


Opens:22 November 2017

With this project, we propose an investigation into a variety of dynamics and effects produced by the interaction of a droplet or a group of droplets with a solid or liquid surface. Related technological applications abound in the fields of thermal, mechanical and chemical engineering.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, International

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

High Resolution Methods for Assessment of Heat loss From Plants and Arrays of Buildings


Opens:19 December 2017

With this project, we propose an investigation into a variety of dynamics and effects produced by the interaction of an array of buildings (or a set of heat sources in an industrial plant or in a power plant) with a cross flow (horizontal wind).

Fee status

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Protein Crystals and Pharmaceutical Processes: A Fluid-dynamic Approach to Macromolecular Crystal Engineering


Opens:18 September 2018

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

Fee status

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Fluid Dynamics and Solid Transport in Thermal Flows


Deadline:31 May 2019 Opens:30 October 2018

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

Fee status

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

New Generation Safe Structures Through Self –Powered Embedded Nano Sensors


Deadline:30 April 2019 Opens:27 January 2019

The main objective of this proposal is to develop a new generation safer and more reliable structures through self-monitoring and self-diagnosis using novel embedded self-powering nano-material triboelectric sensors. This will be achieved through the development of novel embedded nano-material sensors.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Mesoscopic Modelling of Abrasion/Attrition in Particulate Solids


Deadline:31 May 2019 Opens:12 February 2019

One of the undesirable transformations of a particle in processing and handling of bulk solids is attrition, i.e. wear and erosion of surface asperities and chipping. In this project a new model will be developed to predict attrition in particulate solids.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Unlocking the Power of Data in the Shipping Industry.


Deadline:1 March 2019 Opens:11 December 2018

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.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Computer and information sciences, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

PhD Fine and ultra-fine particles in air: electromagnetic and low temperature plasma decontamination


Opens:1 June 2017

A three year PhD project offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research Group, focused on the development of advanced impulsive non-thermal plasma systems for air cleaning and aerosol decontamination operations.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

PhD Non-thermal transient plasma discharges for environmental applications


Opens:1 June 2017

A three year PhD investigating the efficiency of transient non-thermal plasma discharges for different environmental applications is offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research group within the Institute for Energy & Environment.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

PhD Advanced Algorithms for Breast Cancer Diagnosis from Tactile Images


Opens:1 June 2017

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.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Biomedical engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

Advanced BioMaterials for Construction and Civil Engineering


Opens:6 September 2017

This PhD will explore how bacterially generated materials can be modified by incorporation of polymers and nanoparticles to enhance their mechanical properties. In this way, bacterially generated materials could be modified for specific tasks, such as earthquake and weather resistance.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

bio-deterioration of concrete and conservation of architectural heritage


Opens:18 October 2017

Bio-deterioration of concrete strongly affects much of our built heritage and is particularly notable in wet territories like the UK or South East Asia. How to effectively solve bio-deterioration of concrete sculptures and buildings is an environmental, societal and scientific challenge.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development and modelling of innovative devices for the seismic protection of non-structural components in buildings


Deadline:1 March 2019 Opens:25 July 2018

The aim of the project is to investigate innovative techniques for protecting non-structural components from earthquakes while enhancing the seismic performance of buildings. In particular, the effectiveness of specially shaped rubber joints in the construction of masonry infill walls.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Integrated Model Based Engineering in Naval Ships Design


Deadline:31 May 2019 Opens:1 June 2018

Working with BAE Systems Maritime, who operate several of the small number of shipyards in the world capable of designing and manufacturing naval ships and submarines, provides a rare insight into a globally leading company, whilst also allowing your research to make a difference.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Through life assessment of design for lightweighting


Deadline:31 May 2019 Opens:24 July 2018

The concept of lightweighting is driven by benefits gained from the automotive industry in terms of using materials other than steel, as a basis for reducing the overall vehicle weight, and subsequently reducing the operating costs and operational environmental impact.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Innovation to support lightweight manufacturing


Deadline:31 May 2019 Opens:11 February 2019

This exploratory project seeks to understand the changes needed in an organisation to successfully innovate using lightweight materials. The research will build upon innovation and operations management theory, utilising and adapting an existing tool for assessing innovation maturity (Enkle et al, 2011). The project wi

Fee status

Home (Scottish)

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Novel Path Planning Algorithms and Smart Navigation Strategies of Multiple Autonomous Robots for the Visual Inspection of Asset Integrity in Confined Space


Deadline:1 October 2019 Opens:13 February 2019

This project is to fundamentally investigate the novel path planning algorithms and smart navigation strategies for developing a feasible solution to the autonomous visual inspection and assessment of internal and external surface conditions in confined spaces through the use of a MAR equipped with on-board cameras.

Fee status

Home (Scottish)

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Gravity Based Renewable Energy System


Deadline:1 October 2019 Opens:13 February 2019

The University of Strathclyde’s Interreg Renewable Engine Project along with Caley Ocean Systems are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated student with either a Controls/mechanical engineering or mathematician/economist/system modeller degree to work on a novel energy storage system.

Fee status

Home (Scottish)

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Advanced flame imaging diagnostics with application to gas furnace engineering (Burns/Aurik)


Deadline:1 October 2019 Opens:13 February 2019

This fully-funded studentship is based in the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering and involves collaboration with the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC). The work involves application of advanced laser techniques for flame imaging.

Fee status

Home (Scottish)

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Development of Advanced Manufacturing Platform for High Integrity Forged Components


Deadline:31 August 2019 Opens:13 February 2019

This doctorate will clearly represent an exciting close industry-academic collaboration for the development of manufacturing processes of high-integrity components. This proposal is strongly supported by the AFRC Tier 1 industrial partners, showing its strong commitment and involvement.

Fee status

Home (Scottish)

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Biodegradable plastic composites from renewable or waste sources


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will identify promising biodegradable polymers and filler particles that can be obtained from renewable or waste streams. Computer simulations will be used to design biodegradable polymer composites to replace non-biodegradable plastics in applications using oil-based polymers.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Measuring and modelling agglomeration and breakage during agitated vacuum thermal drying


Deadline:31 July 2019 Opens:29 January 2019

The pharmaceutical industry requires drug substance particles with consistent properties. The PhD student will use advanced techniques to measure, understand and model the agglomeration and breakage occurring during drying and how these influence particle size distribution and agglomerate strength.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Control of organic gels for tailored applications


Opens:29 January 2019

The application of gel materials is linked to their unique characteristics, which can be manipulated through control of the synthetic procedure used; by further understanding the underpinning science of gel formation, these materials can be extended to new frontiers.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Valorisation of solid waste for sustainable production of fuel and chemicals


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will undertake studies on the processes and technology required to convert solid waste into a range of hydrocarbons. This research project requires both modelling and experimental studies to analyse the waste to energy process and the fuel properties of hydrocarbons and chemicals produced.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Direct Numerical Simulation of Ferrofluid flows


Opens:29 January 2019

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.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigating secondary nucleation at the microscale using optical tweezing


Opens:29 January 2019

Secondary nucleation of crystals using a ‘seed’ crystal is poorly understood phenomenon in pharmaceutical manufacturing. This project is a novel investigation of how microscopic mechanical disturbance of the seed promotes secondary nucleation, using a particle manipulated with an optical tweezer.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Designing colloidal films and membranes with complex interactions


Opens:29 January 2019

Many applications rely on structured films and membranes, such as selective filters, adsorbents, and biological systems. The project will use computer modelling to analyse how particles with complex interactions aggregate to form films with complex structure and complex time-evolution.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Inhibiting amyloid development using natural compounds: a molecular dynamics study


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will utilise molecular dynamics simulation, exploiting the ARCHIE_WeSt supercomputer at Strathclyde to understand how the inhibitors interact with protein aggregates; how they interfere with the nucleation and growth pathway of the fibrils, and if aggregation can be reversed.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigation of pharmaceutical crystallisation using small angle x-ray scattering


Opens:29 January 2019

The project will focus on the applications of latest Small-angle X-ray scattering system in CMAC (EPSRC Centre of excellence in continuous manufacturing and crystallisation) to provide mechanistic understanding of interparticle interaction in dense system under repulsive or attractive interactions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of a spatially resolved spectroscopy probe for application in pharmaceutical drying processes


Opens:29 January 2019

In this project, the student will be involved in an industrial funded project to develop and use spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) and spatially resolved diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (SR-DRS) for obtaining insight into sub-surface powder drying behaviour.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Modelling the effect of the electric double layer on electron transfer kinetics


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will combine recent theories for the influence of charge correlations on the structure of the electric double layer with a simple quantum description of charge transfer to to develop a new model for electrochemical reactions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Developing a multiscale description of complex fluids from the molecular to the continuum scales


Opens:29 January 2019

This ambitious project attempts to build a single, unified description of complex fluids that incorporates molecular-level detail but can be applied on a wide range of length and time scales that extends to the continuum scale.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Modelling the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks for continuous manufacture


Opens:29 January 2019

The project aims to develop new models for predicting the performance of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in adsorption applications and in computational design of nanoporous silica materials, as well as obtaining experimental insight into the synthesis of MOFs.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of a novel electrochemical supercapacitor for energy devices


Deadline:31 May 2019 Opens:13 February 2019

The aim of this project is to develop a novel and simple charge storage device based on nanostructured metal oxide materials, in collaboration with an industrial partner. The project will focus on material synthesis, characterisation, and fabrication of supercapacitor devices.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Improved Water Treatment via Densification of Flocs


Opens:29 January 2019

This modelling and simulation study will investigate the processes by which an aggregate or floc within a solid-liquid wastewater suspension densifies (i.e. becomes more compact) as the suspension is subjected to shear, such densification facilitating the wastewater treatment separation process.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Nucleation of organic crystals in flows


Opens:29 January 2019

This project investigates how crystals nucleate and how fluid flows can be used to influence crystallisation, using cutting edge experimental facilities, including high speed high resolution imaging, Brownian microscopy, static and dynamic light scattering and small angle X-ray scattering.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of learner autonomy in student-centred learning environments in engineering


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will investigate behavioural and performance characteristics of students when working in Problem-Based and Enquiry-based learning activities in order to elucidate the link between the use of these approaches and the development of learner’s autonomy.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigating the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will investigate the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries, in particular in the oil and gas industry, and the context in which these occur (e.g. company safety culture, Process Safety Management Systems).

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding