Postgraduate research opportunities Direct Numerical Simulation of Ferrofluid flows


Key facts

  • Opens: Sunday 7 March 2021
  • Number of places: One
  • Duration: 3 years


Employ finite volume solvers for turbulent and creeping flows in conjunction with stochastic differential flow solvers to model directly mesoscopic and macroscopic ferrofluid flows.
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Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.

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Project Details

The purpose of this project is to investigate particle-flow interactions in ferrofluids in both mesoscopic and macroscopic domains, paying equal emphasis on particle aggregation and structure formation. Important problems include the magnetic manipulation of self-assembled colloidal structures and their possible effects on turbulence structures in flows through pipes and other devices, or the two-way interactions between ferromagnetic particles and vortical structures in the classical turbulent boundary layer, with emphasis on their role in turbulent drag reduction phenomena. The project combines projection, finite-volume and stochastic dynamics solvers and is based on in house developed codes, that are executed on the departmental massively parallel machine.  

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

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Funding details

This PhD project is initially offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates may be considered for a University scholarship.

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Primary supervisor - Dr Demos Kivotides

Secondary supervisor - Dr Paul Grassia 

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Apply for this project here – please quote the project title in your application.

During the application you'll be asked for the following information and evidence uploaded to the application:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if you are not from a majority English-speaking country as recognised by UKVI
  • two references, one of which must be academic. Please see our guidance on referees
  • funding or scholarship information
  • international students must declare any previous UK study

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

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