3 Year Industry-led funded PhD:

Research & development of gas & liquids powered materials processing phenomena

TCL-Cumbria has developed a novel environmentally friendly device utilising fluid dynamics technology which is designed for use with liquids, gases and flow-able materials.

A vortical flow induced by suitably interacting secondary fluid jets in a pipe-connecting chamber can sustain a primary fluid or flow-able media flow through pipes between tanks at different hydraulic heads requiring no moving mechanical parts. Moving from recent theoretical analyses and prototype testing, this project will optimise the design of this multi-purpose pumping device by means of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and test experimentally the final design.

Applicants will have a first Degree in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or related area, some basic experience of grid generation and usage of commercial CFD packages, and good spoken and written English skills.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and TCL-CUMBRIA; Industrial Designers and Innovators of the application of fluid power - compressed air, pneumatics, hydraulics - combined with mechanical engineering, mechatronics and automation technology. Skills have been applied in a wide spectrum of environments from agriculture to motor vehicles, energy to pharmaceutical and special effects for film studios.   

Application deadline

This project has now been recruited.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will receive £15,000 tax free per year, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £4,121/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085/year to £12,964/year), become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D, and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas. This post is subject to confirmation of European Union funding.

How to apply

This project has now been recruited.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.

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