[FlowControl] PhD Studentship: Control of turbulent fluids

Sharma A. A.Sharma at soton.ac.uk
Mon Jan 14 09:26:45 EST 2013

Dear colleagues,

Please disseminate the following advertisement for a PhD studentship in 
the area of flow control, as you find appropriate.


Ati Sharma


* PhD Studentship: Control of turbulent fluids *

* Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics group, University of Southampton *

In collaboration with researchers at Caltech and Monash University, this 
project is a unique opportunity to develop and use new theoretical 
results to understand and control the physics of turbulent flows 
relevant to aerodynamic and hydrodynamic applications. You will become a 
part of a group of talented and highly motivated researchers in the 
Aerodynamics group, researching wall-bounded turbulence.

The work is to design compliant flow surfaces to interact with turbulent 
pipe flow, in order to eliminate drag or shape the characteristics of 
the turbulence.
The objective of this research is to transform a recently developed 
theoretical framework describing energetic motions in turbulent pipe 
flows into a new methodology for control of these flows.

 From this will come the ability to reduce energy expended in pumping 
fluids in pipe networks, and to increase heat transfer in process 
equipment. Since turbulent pipe flow is broadly representative of other 
wall-bounded turbulence, the understanding and methodology developed 
will carry over to a vast range of flow-related applications.

The investigation will make use of direct numerical simulation (DNS) and 
ideas originating from a systems theory analysis of turbulent flows.

* Knowledge / skills / requirements *

The candidate must have an interest in control theory and in fluid 
mechanics, ideally turbulence. The successful candidate must also be 

Prospective candidates must have or be expecting a good 4-year or MSc 
degree (preferably 1st class) in a relevant subject (Engineering, Maths, 
Physics) and should enjoy mathematical work. Programming experience 
would be advantageous.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability 
to publish and present scientific results, are essential.

* Duration: 3 years funded *

* Funding *

For UK/EU students the tuition fees will be fully funded, and the 
student will
receive a tax free stipend of £13,590 per year.
Unfortunately we are not able to fund non-EU students for this position.

* To apply *

Informal enquiries are welcome by email at a.sharma at soton.ac.uk.

To apply, please send a letter expressing your interest in the position, 
a copy of your CV with the contacts of two academic referees and, if 
possible, a transcript of 3rd/4th year courses taken, as a single pdf 
file a.sharma at soton.ac.uk.

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