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Develop and design of future water networks to help protect the world’s most important natural resource

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University. 

Funded PhD linked with Designed Network Solutions Limited Ref. No. LU033
  • Get paid £48,000 between the project start date and 30th June 2023 (paid in monthly instalments)

  • Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees).  

  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”. 

  • This project is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West. 

  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.  

Many water networks and infrastructure around the world were constructed over 400 years ago, which has created a dilemma for the current water companies who need to increase their flows and pressures to meet increasing customer demands. However, in many cases this puts added strain on the pipes within the current system and it greatly increases leak and burst events. Currently, a large amount of water is wasted due to leakage and burst water pipes. 

Designed Network Solutions (DNS) aims to develop design solutions that allow this required pressure increase, doing so in a controlled manner to protect aging assets and give added longevity. This PhD will review network control data sourced from water companies to adapt a unique design which achieves water demand requirements through every district metered area. This design will aim to deal with aging assets and create a network profile to calmly distribute water from source all the way to the end user. This will result in more effective water management and less water waste. 

A computational modelling approach verified and calibrated by experimental modelling offers the most effective method of assessing and developing the overall aims and objectives of this PhD project. Computational modelling tools available include MATLAB, SolidWorks, COMSOL Multiphysics software, ANSYS CFD (CFX and Fluent), Bentley Water Hammer, SCADA and Epanet together with a link to the University’s HEC supercomputing capability. Experimental modelling will be carried out by DNS with their own Control Valves, Air Valves, Pumps and Water Meters and appropriate data will be provided for the calibration of the computational modelling output. There is also an in house manufacturing and rapid prototyping (3D printing) capability.

Applicants should have a 2:1 or first degree in an engineering discipline. The Graduate Researcher will be supervised by Professor George Aggidis, Dr Xiandong Ma and DNS. DNS is a network design company with a range of bespoke products, that offers solutions to water and wastewater companies. They implement designs that will save on water production, electrical and maintenance costs.  Their work helps the environment by reducing water extraction, lowering carbon footprint and extends the asset life of already installed products. 

Deadline: 20th October 2020 

Start: ASAP 

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 


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