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Job Record #16639
TitleCFD-VR simulation for thermal managment of energy storages
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerStaffordshire University
LocationUnited Kingdom, Stoke On Trent
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateThursday, July 16, 2020
Description:
SAMPID PhD Studentships Adverts
PhD Studentship: Real-time CFD simulations integrated with VR for thermal 
simulation and management of electrical energy storage devices
Supervisors: Dr Mohammad Moghimi Ardekani and Dr Alison L Griffiths
Staffordshire University has been awarded a European Regional Development Fund 
grant entitled SAMPID (Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and 
Innovation Demonstrator). The aim of the project is to support local companies 
with product design, prototyping, innovation, process engineering and 
development of new physical products and product components.  The intended 
benefit of SAMPID is to lead to new and better performing products and increased 
utilisation of advanced and modern manufacturing methods, technologies and 
processes.  Such improvements will drive growth of SMEs within Staffordshire and 
enable them to enter new markets and grow within existing markets, thereby 
improving productivity.  As part of the project and to develop long term 
innovation we are seeking to recruit three Research and Innovation Analysts who 
will undertake a fully funded PhD to develop long term innovation.
Gaming technologies such as augmented and virtual reality are now becoming 
common place tools for enhancing advanced engineering design and manufacturing.  
These tools provide engineers with enhanced feedback for design optimisation 
through new approaches for visualisation, interaction and interpretation.  One 
example that has seen recent interest is visualisation and interpretation of CFD 
results using virtual reality (VR).  VR provides the ability to stand next to 
designs, understand the physics and optimise designs accordingly.  However, CFD 
simulations are time consuming and therefore current approaches to combining CFD 
and VR are limited to static simulations.  This PhD will investigate novel 
approaches for combining CFD and VR in real-time for engineering design 
optimisation.  The particular application will be thermal simulation and 
management of electrical energy storage devices.
Eligibility
The funding and associated fee waiver is available to suitably qualified home/EU 
and international students.
We are looking for a minimum upper second class undergraduate or good Masters 
degree in a relevant engineering or physical sciences subject area.  Solid 
knowledge of ANSYS Fluent is an essential element of this project and knowledge 
of electrical and thermal energy storages as well as AR and VR are advantageous 
to this project. Please provide evidence of the relevance of your degree to the 
proposed project in the application. 
You must have good written and oral communication skills. 
Funding Available
Funding is available for 3 years depending on satisfactory progress and meeting 
expectations of engagement with the SAMPID project.  The funding will provide a 
£20k stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) per annum (subject to appropriate 
inflationary increase each year) plus £5k per annum research expenses.  Home/EU 
or full international PhD fees will be waived for suitably qualified candidates.
Conditions of the Award
It is a condition of the funding that students must actively engage with the 
wider aims of the SAMPID project which will include assisting local businesses 
within the project.  The research undertaken, as described above, fits within 
the remit of SAMPID and will form most of this engagement.  In addition, 
students will be expected to 
•	support undergraduate and Masters students undertaking projects with 
local companies; and
•	contribute to wider innovation and knowledge transfer work within the 
remit of SAMPID.
How to Apply
As an initial step, informal enquiries about the project are encouraged and 
should be addressed to the primary supervisor:
Dr Mohammad Moghimi Ardekani (Mohammad.Moghimi-Ardekani@staffs.ac.uk).
Then in the 2nd step, the student will be asked to submit their application 
formally via university portal for official assessment. Please quote SAMPID PhD, 
the associated project title and supervisory team at the top of the Research 
Proposal section of the application form. Please also include a personal 
statement describing your background and skills relevant to the project and your 
plan for a successful research programme (2,000 word maximum). This can be 
uploaded as a pdf in the documents section as an alternative. Please also ensure 
you upload copies of your qualifications with your application.
Application Deadline
23.59, Tuesday 17 July 2020
Candidates will be shortlisted and interviews will be conducted as soon as 
possible after the application deadline.  All candidates will subsequently be 
notified of the outcome.
Start Date
No later than 1 September 2020 

Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #16639 when responding to this ad.
NameDr M Moghimi Ardekani
EmailMohammad.Moghimi-Ardekani@staffs.ac.uk
Email ApplicationYes
URLhttps://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CAK003/real-time-cfd-simulations-integrated-with-vr-for-thermal-simulation-and-management-of-electrical-energy-storage-devices
Record Data:
Last Modified21:11:29, Sunday, July 05, 2020

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