Postgraduate research opportunities

Advanced flame imaging diagnostics with application to gas furnace engineering

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.

Number of places

One

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

13 February 2019

Deadline

1 October 2019

Duration

36 months

Eligibility

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

Project Details

This fully-funded studentship is based in the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering (CPE) at Strathclyde and involves collaboration with the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).  The work involves application of advanced laser techniques for flame imaging.  The ultimate goal is to understand the dynamics of reacting flows in heat-treatment gas furnaces. Gas furnaces are commonly used in the manufacture of advanced alloys for a variety of industries. The quality of the treated material, and also the furnace efficiency, depend strongly on the flow field, the temperature field, and the species concentration field inside the furnace.

The inherent complexity of turbulent reacting flows necessitates advanced experimental methods. The challenges are still greater when dealing with technical-scale systems such as the AFRC furnace.

Researchers in CPE have expertise in advanced laser techniques for reacting-flow imaging, which will be the basis for the proposed experimental work, including measurements of temperature, reactive intermediates and pollutant emissions. This studentship forms part of a joint experimental / modelling project, with the CFD work to be carried out by researchers based in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE), at Strathclyde. 

This project has several strands.  A major element of the experimental work will involve comprehensive laser imaging of representative laboratory flames at a much smaller scale, for the purpose of model validation. Techniques to be employed include Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) imaging, for measuring intermediate concentrations including OH and CH2O, which serve as markers for flame-front location as well as flame temperature and heat release rate.  Laboratory studies will also be used to validate the performance of optical techniques suitable for deployment at industrial sites, including flame emission (chemiluminescence) measurements and diode laser absorption spectroscopy.  These techniques will then be used to monitor the gas-furnace flames and exhaust gases directly.

Funding Details

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

Contact us

Ms Jacqueline Brown

+44(0) 141 574 5319

chemeng-pg-admissions@strath.ac.uk

James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ

 

How to apply

Apply for this PhD project here.

Please quote the project title in your application.