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Job Record #11802
TitleCFD of multiphase flow in porous structures
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerKU Leuven
LocationBelgium, Leuven
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateTuesday, July 01, 2014
The aim of this research project is to understand interfacial transport
processes and their physical driving mechanisms on the milli-scale using
computational fluid dynamics (CFD). A novel milli-scale plug flow reactor
concept based on using designed porous media as static mixing elements is
investigated. This reactor will aid the batch to continuous manufacturing
transition and will hence contribute to the efforts in process intensification.
Furthermore, the high specific surface of such designed porous media makes this
concept especially interesting for heterogeneous catalyzed reactions. As a
detailed experimental characterization of the porous structure is not feasible,
CFD simulations are used to relate the transport processes to the properties of
the porous medium. However, the direct numerical simulation of the microporosity
and the associated wall effects is computationally expensive, thus it cannot be
extended to flow reactor concepts on the lab-scale. 

The aim of this project is to validate and further improve the modeling
approaches for single and two-phase flows through porous media, and to
additionally capture interfacial transport phenomena. The model validation will
be based on in-house experimental data. The numerical work will be done using
the open-source code OpenFOAM, which allows the implementation of new solvers
and models, and thus represents a solid framework for code development.
The obtained results will reveal the physics of fluid-structure interactions
leading to enhanced transport processes on the milli-scale, and will thus
directly impact the efforts in process intensification, efficient scale-up
microsystems, and sustainable advanced manufacturing by providing guidelines for
the design of flow reactors.

The successful candidate will be offered a PhD fellowship to become part of our
international team with global research links to work towards a PhD. Funding can
be provided for a period of 4 years.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Simon Kuhn via mail:

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NameSimon Kuhn
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