PhD project

Computer modelling of fluid flow within supercoolers used in the continuous casting of metals

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Aim: Develop computer model of engineering process for manufacturing.

Supercoolers are a key component used in the solidification of liquid metal by cooling. Solidification of metal (casting) is an important manufacturing process used in the processing of large volumes of metal (by the tonne), for a wide range of manufacturing applications, which include but are not limited to high conductivity powder transmission, solder/brazing, particle accelerators and electric cars. It is the role of the student to develop a computer model of the ‘supercooler’ device and to quantify its efficiency for heat extraction. From this model a new design will be constructed to improve the efficiency of the device. The project consists of modelling, design, manufacturing and testing stages. The student will be expected to provide the modelling and design stages, however the optimised device will be manufactured and tested by project partners and tested within an industrial environment.

Essential skills/knowledge: Computer Science, Mathematics, Fluid Dynamics

Desirable skills/knowledge: Engineering; design for engineering; finite modelling; computer languages C/C++ or Python/MATLAB.

How to apply

  1. Email Dr Thomas Jones to:
    • Send a copy of your CV
    • Discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).
  2. After discussion with Dr Jones, formal applications can be made via our direct application system.

Candidates must apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in either:


Mechanical Engineering

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