President's Research Scholarship: PhD in Energy Systems (PhD Studentship)
Reference Number: R1089
Key Studentship Information
Project Title: Enhanced Scientific Understanding of an Effervescent Atomiser
Project Description: This research project is intended to study and enhance the scientific understanding of a new type of biomass burner, known as an effervescent atomiser. This burner is specifically designed to be used with renewable and low carbon fuels such as biomass and process residues. As a result of the research, the concept will assist the industrial partner in the deployment of future biomass energy systems, thus reducing the carbon footprint of the power generation sector.
The science and engineering of effervescent spray/combustion systems is not comprehensively understood. This project represents the opportunity for the
successful applicant to undertake research in a growing field of science with real impact and high scientific relevance. Specifically the research will involve the student studying the following objectives in effervescent atomiser technology and analysis, using Cardiff’s laser spray characterisation apparatus:
- Sensitivity analysis of several design parameters, such as bubble growth and interaction in multi-phase flow systems, including the geometry of the atomiser and how dimensionless controlling factors can be derived
- The application of design variants, including spray quality sensitivity and patterns. This will allow the student to publish new data on the behavior of interacting 2-phase liquid/gas jets.
- Applied combustion testing at Stork Technical Services facilities.
President’s Scholarships are the University’s flagship scheme for PhD studentships. A key feature of the scheme is the involvement of industrial partners in all projects, allowing each student to benefit from direct interaction with practicing engineers, researchers and managers and including short industrial placement(s) at the collaborating company. President’s Scholarship holders also join a network of students and supervisors, including regular mini-conferences, guest lectures, annual presentations to industrial partners and participation in the School’s annual PGR Conference.
The award will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU fee rate and will provide a stipend at the UK Research Council rate (£13,726 in 2013/14) plus an enhancement of £1,000 per annum. Please note that overseas candidates will be required to fund the balance of fees at the overseas fee rate themselves.
Number of awards: 1
Academic Criteria: Candidates should have a first-class honours degree, or a 2.1 plus a postgraduate Masters degree (or their equivalents) in a relevant subject. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).
Residency: The studentship is open to Home, EU or overseas candidates.
How to Apply
In the first instance applicants are asked to submit a CV and letter of application to Dr Richard Marsh (MarshR@Cardiff.ac.uk).
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to make a full application.
Application Deadline: 16th August 2013
For more information please contact Dr Richard Marsh by email (MarshR@cardiff.ac.uk).