- PhD project title
- Simulation of behavioural modification effects on multiphase flows
I studied Mathematics at Newcastle University, where fluid dynamics is a key research area for the university’s maths and physics department. During my time at Newcastle, it was the fluids modules that I found to be the most engaging—partially due to the passionate lecturers that I was fortunate enough to have. Once this interest was sparked, it seemed like a natural progression to study fluids further.
My project title is ‘Simulation of Behavioural Modification Effects in Multiphase Flows’. The research is of particular interest to Sellafield Ltd who part-fund the project due to its application to particle transport in pipe flows containing nuclear waste. Current work involves coupling micron-scale particle physics to direct numerical simulation CFD code. The bulk of the work has involved extending existing models valid for spherical particles to nonspherical particle geometries.
Why I chose the CDT in Fluid Dynamics
The integrated MSc/PhD approach offers a unique opportunity to gain a broad exposure to the field of Fluid Dynamics before specialising in one area. This is a great chance for personal development, as well as an opportunity to boost one’s employability.
Each cohort of students contains a variety of backgrounds; so, collaboration occurs naturally. This develops a number of key skills—namely teamwork, presentation, demonstration and verbal communication. There is a rich base of knowledge to make use of, which will prove to be very useful throughout both the masters and the PhD.
Personally, I was enticed by the strong links with industry and I look forward to completing my PhD working alongside Sellafield Ltd.