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Job Record #15421
TitlePh.D. in suspension flow
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerDept. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Monash University
LocationAustralia, Victoria, Melbournew
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateTuesday, November 20, 2018
We seek a highly motivated and quantitatively talented candidate to pursue a PhD project 
on numerical simulation of solids settling in the three-dimensional (3D) flow of non-
Newtonian fluids.  The project will continue from a soon-to-be-completed Ph.D. project in 
which shear-modification to solids settling has been investigated using OpenFOAM.  On the 
basis of those simulations, some experimental measurements previously undertaken by 
colleagues and more extensive studies that will be done as part of this Ph.D., settling 
models for non-Newtonian fluids will be derived.  These models will be incorporated in a 
coupled Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) - Discrete Element Method (DEM) model that is 
currently under development in another Ph.D. project.  The ultimate aim of these projects is 
to understand solids settling in the turbulent pipe flow of non-Newtonian suspensions, 
which has application in many industrial applications including tailings disposal in the 
mining industry, swarf transport in oil and gas well drilling and in environmental flows such 
as lahars.   

Essential Criteria 
1.  A sound mathematical background with exposure to ODE’s, PDE’s and (especially) 
numerical mathematics. 
2  Some physics background and a good physical insight into real world problems. 
3.  Some understanding of, and experience in developing, numerical methods for solving 
equations (and a desire to learn more) 
4.  A good understanding of fluid flow and continuum mechanics. 
5.  Some exposure and familiarity with Computational Fluid Dynamics 
6.  A demonstrated ability to program the solutions to complex problems 
7.  For candidates applying from countries where English is not the single official language, 
proof of English proficiency is essential.  

Desirable Criteria. 
1.  Some exposure or understanding of Discrete Element Modelling an advantage, but not 
2.  Familiarity with OpenFOAM is very desirable, but not essential 
3.  Experience in computer programming, preferably in a high level language (e.g. C, C++ or 
Fortran) is highly desirable.  As a fall back position, a very high level ability in MATLAB (or 
equivalent) is essential.  

Interested candidates who clearly satisfy the above selection criteria at a high level should 
first contact Prof. Murray Rudman on for more detail of the 
application procedure.  Candidates that satisfy the selection criteria above at only a 
moderate level, or satisfy only some of the conditions are encouraged not to apply, as the 
scholarship selection process is very rigorous. 
Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #15421 when responding to this ad.
NameProf Murray Rudman
Email ApplicationYes
Phone+62 3 9902 4627
AddressWellington Rd
Clayton Vic 3800
Record Data:
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