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PhD Studentship - UK/EU

PhD Project: Flowability Assessment of Weakly Consolidated Powders
School of Chemical and Process Engineering

The award of a research grant from the International Fine Particle Research Institute (IFPRI) has created a unique opportunity for a PhD programme to develop fundamental understanding of powder flowability at low consolidation stresses and at high strain rates, at the Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, University of Leeds.

The project involves experimental work on flowability assessment for a range of powders using a novel approach of ball indentation into a powder bed, along with numerical simulation by the Distinct Element Method (DEM) to understand the stress distributions within the bed. The aim is to develop a theoretical understanding of the flowability of powders at low stresses. The project will also go beyond a description of the initiation of flow and investigate powder flow under dynamic conditions.

The powders will be characterised using state of the art facilities at the University of Leeds, including nano-indentation to determine mechanical properties and X-ray micro tomography for describing particle shape.

Value: This studentship, which is open to both UK/EU and International students, will pay the academic fees at the UK/EU rate (£3,975), as well as providing an annual stipend of £16,000.

Please note that International fee rated students will be required to contribute an additional £12,500 (approximately) each year towards their tuition fees.

Number of awards: 1

Entry requirements:  Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in an Engineering, Mathematics or Science discipline.

Due to the nature of the project, a good level of competence in numerical methods and experimental skills are essential. In addition, communication and team-working skills are highly desirable due to the strong link with the industrial members of IFPRI. 

Main contact: Contact Dr Colin Hare to discuss this project further informally.

Application deadline: 31 January 2015

How to Apply: Formal applications for research degree study should be made on-line through the university's website. Please state clearly on the funding section of the application form that you wish to be considered for the " Flowability Assessment of Weakly Consolidated Powders". In the research information section please state the name Dr Colin Hare.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office, e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.