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PhD Studentship: Cavity collapses in complex geometries

Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:   Friday 01 December 2017
Reference:  822716AK
Project Reference: AACE-AFM-153
Project Theme: Fluid Dynamics

One of the most violent free surface flows is the collapse of a cavitation bubble. The focusing of energy in such a collapse is strong enough to damage ship propellers, but can also be used to clean surfaces or enhance chemical reactions. The way that a bubble collapses depends on the type and the shape of the materials in the vicinity of the bubble. The aim of this project is to address a basic fundamental aspect of this energy focusing mechanism, by investigating the influence of complex surrounding geometries on the collapse of a single bubble.

In this project you will use a variety of experimental techniques, which include high-speed imaging, general image processing and particle image velocimetry. The candidate should have a degree in physical sciences or engineering and have an interest in fluid dynamics.

The studentship is fully funded at EU/UK rate. If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Ivo Peters, Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics research group, Email: i.r.peters@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 4643.

To apply please use the following link http://www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering/postgraduate/research_degrees/apply.page? and select Faculty of Engineering and the Environment.

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