PhD Studentship - Optimization-Based Analysis & Control of Fluid Flows
Physical and Environmental Sciences,Chemistry,Physics and Astronomy,Mathematics and Statistics,Mathematics,Engineering and Technology,Aerospace Engineering
Short info about job
Company: Imperial College London
Department: Department of Aeronautics
Hours: Full Time
Type / Role: PhD
Phone: +44-1294 2662506
Fax: +44-1343 5851562
Detail information about job PhD Studentship - Optimization-Based Analysis & Control of Fluid Flows. Terms and conditions vacancy
Tax-free stipend of approximately £16,300 per annum
The analysis, modelling and control of turbulent fluid flows is a fundamental engineering challenge. For example, developing methods to reduce aerodynamic drag in the transportation industries promises significant economic and environmental impact. A barrier to implementing flow control, however, is that typical techniques from control theory require relatively simple, low-order, approximate flow models, and this is at odds with the typical complexity exhibited by flows of practical interest.
In our group at Imperial we address this problem by developing optimization-based methods to both model and understand fluid flows. Our methods can be applied to experimental or numerically-generated flow data or used to directly analyse the governing Navier-Stokes equations. Outputs from these methods can be used to develop better models for fluid flows and to inform flow control strategies. Two of our methods are the QUINOPT and OMD algorithms, details of which can be found at www.imperial.ac.uk/people/a.wynn. The OMD algorithm is used to analyse ensembles of velocity field data and creates dynamic modes which may be used as building blocks for modelling a fluid flow. This PhD position links with a recent EPSRC-funded project to develop the OMD algorithm with a view to creating improved techniques for model-based flow control.
This PhD position is relevant to students with experience in engineering, mathematics, control theory or fluid dynamics who are motivated to develop new computational and theoretical approaches to the analysis of fluid flows. Applicants who have an interest in these topics are encouraged to apply, but it is not expected that the successful applicant will have experience of all of them.
Applicants should have excellent academic credentials and hold, or expect to obtain, a first-class degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a related discipline.
Funding is available for UK citizens and EU citizens who have resided in the UK for the past three years. The studentship is for 3.5 years and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £16,296.
Applicants should send a cover letter and CV to Dr Andrew Wynn ([email protected]) with the subject line “PhD in Optimization-Based Analysis of Fluid Flows”.
Closing date for applications: Open until filled
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