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Job Record #15415
TitleComputational Modelling of Conformal Cooling
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerCoventry University, Fluid and Complex Systems Research Centre
LocationUnited Kingdom, Coventry
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure Date* None *
The PhD project has a strong emphasis on heat transfer and conformal cooling of 
casting tools, using numerical modelling and experimental testing. The project 
will be carried out in collaboration with two industrial partners CastAlum and 
Renishaw, and is sponsored by Innovate UK.

The project aims to developing a validated mathematical model of the cooling of 
aluminium casting tools, to achieve optimum cooling channel layout for complex 
tool geometries. Heat transfer from the cast part to the coolant needs to be 
maximized to reduce the production cycle time, and also to have uniform cooling 
to achieve the required quality. In addition, the model should consider the 
limitations imposed by 3-D printing tool manufacturing and fatigue of thermal 
stresses, to increase the tool life time. To achieve the project objectives, a 
generic computational thermal and optimization model will be developed. The 
model will be validated using a test-rig and the support provided by the 
industrial partners. The student will be under joint supervision by Dr Essam 
Abo-Serie and Dr James Jewkes.

Entry Requirements:

A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a 
minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with  a minimum 60% 
overall module average.

In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters 
Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The 
Masters must have been attained with overall marks at minimum merit level 
(60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must 
also have been attained with a mark at minimum merit level (60%). PLUS
the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 
three-year period of study a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS 
overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


Knowledge and/or experience in CFD, CAD software, and coding.
A good knowledge of heat transfer and fluid mechanics.
Ability to build an experimental rig and carry out the necessary experimental 
work. Experience of (or a willingness to quickly learn) about optimization.
Communicate effectively with industrial partners.

This is a fully funded studentship covering full UK/EU/International fees plus 
a stipend.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr James Jewkes (, 
to apply, please use the following link:

Contact Information:
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NameJames Jewkes
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