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University of Southampton Malaysia

Research project: Mechanism and effect of flow oscillation in turbulent pipe flow with swirl

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Flow oscillation is a major cause of losses in many industrial systems such as HVAC systems, drainage, and water supply systems, wastewater treatment plant, and petrochemical plant. It is also the primary factors contribute to acoustic noise and fatigue failure.

The objective of this research is to develop an understanding of the flow physics underlying the stability characteristics of primary and secondary flows in turbulent pipe flows with swirl and identify the potential of swirling flows in the industrial piping systems.

The PhD student will help develop, implement, and validate a suite of models of varying geometries to represent the internal flow processes critical to the performance of industrial piping systems. The effort will involve the development and implementation of physical models based on experiments and numerical simulations.


Principal Investigator: Dr Foo Kok (open for PhD application)

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