Example PhD projects

You will choose your PhD project during the second semester of the first year of study. The lists below are provided for illustration of the types of project that might be taken, however other project areas will be suggested at the time, and you will be encouraged to develop your own project ideas (with active support from members of staff).

Potential projects that work directly with an industrial/environmental collaborator:

  • Combustion and explosion modelling in engines
  • Predicting the consequences of pipeline ruptures
  • Fire and smoke modelling for building design
  • Porous media flows in fuel cells
  • Chaotic mixing in air filtration devices
  • Flow optimisation for fan pumping systems
  • Modelling of a novel aviation refuelling system
  • Wave/structure interactions for offshore structures
  • Ventilation and pathogen control in the built environment
  • Heat transfer from electronic components
  • Efficient cooling, and optimal design, of data centres
  • Multiphase sprays and powder formation
  • Multiphase flows with transport of solids
  • Cross-shore sediment transport and sediment build up
  • Oceanic sediment transport
  • Environmental water quality processes in oceans
  • Sea-ice modelling and ocean circulation
  • Traffic pollution dispersion in urban environments
  • Multi‐phase CFD modelling of biological tissue flow with applications in liver surgery

Other potential interdisciplinary projects areas:

  • Thermal management of aviation systems
  • Branch pulmonary artery virtual stenting for hemodynamic correction in children and adults with congenital heart disease
  • Efficient Cardio-Vascular CFD-enabled 4D Flow MRI to Improve In-Silico Predictions of Post-Surgical Haemodynamics in Individual Patient
  • Modelling multiphase behaviour and morphology of crystallising waste
  • Multiphase interaction of gas jets and molten metal in gas atomisation
  • Pore-scale modelling of multiphase flow in porous media
  • Analysis and modelling of underground in-situ combustion
  • The downstream impact of large-scale wind farms
  • Reliable models for the combustion of new generation fuels
  • Mechanisms for the rheological control of sprays
  • Breaking waves and dynamic beaches
  • Multiscale numerical models for wave particle dynamics of beaches
  • Computational and experimental evaluation of a novel assistive cardio-vascular device
  • Modelling of flow patterns in the large airways of the lung during artificial ventilation
  • Blowing and suction particle dredging for mining
  • Modelling and application of bubbly flows through pipes
  • Pattern formation in atmospheric convection
  • Dynamics of turbulent tropical convection
  • Reduced models of rotating flows
  • Driving of mean flows in stably stratified zones
  • Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of Ocean Tides
  • Numerical algorithms for elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL)
  • Thermal effects in the processing of polymer melts
  • Massively parallel algorithms for fluid flow simulation
  • Mechanisms for aerosolisation of microbial particles from liquid surfaces – understanding fluid mediated transmission pathways of infectious diseases
  • Numerical methods for simulating tear-film rupture in ophthalmic flows