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Postgraduate research project

Experimental aerodynamics and environmental flows

Competition funded
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Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

The aim of this PhD project is to apply novel laboratory techniques to simulate environmental wind patterns and air pollution around buildings. Our researchers in the experimental fluid mechanics research laboratory use advanced diagnostics to understand the physics of turbulent flows.

You will be involved in the design and manufacture of a bespoke building model for wind tunnel or water tunnel testing. We are part of the National Wind Tunnel Facility of the UK and have several wind tunnels and water channels on site for studying experimental fluid mechanics.

You will be trained in laser diagnostic methods in order to perform measurements of the flow encountering and entering a building.

This includes:

  • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
  • Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF)

These experiments will provide cutting-edge measurements to analyse the aerodynamic processes linking outdoor and indoor air quality.

This project is supported by the UKRI FLF project ‘Simulating urban air pollution in the lab’. It aims to improve our capability to model and predict urban air quality in support of designing our sustainable cities of the future. There will be opportunities to explore the fundamental physics of the turbulent aerodynamics of atmospheric boundary layer flows. You’ll have the opportunity to network through the Future Urban Ventilation Network and the UK Fluids Network.

Find out about our wind tunnel facilities.

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