Flow and heat transfer in catalysed Gasoline Particulate Filters

Flow and heat transfer in catalysed Gasoline Particulate Filters

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees

Duration: Full time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 14 October 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: January 2021

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Svetlana Aleksandrova.

Project details

In view of the global air pollution concerns, efficient removal of particulate matter emissions from vehicle exhaust has never been more important. The established particulate filter technology used on most diesel engines, however, cannot be easily transferred to gasoline cars because of the different operating regimes and filter geometry. Catalyst-coated filters have a great potential to combine particle removal with neutralising other toxic engine emissions, at the cost of increased pressure losses affecting engine efficiency.

The aim of this project is to use experimental and modelling techniques to better understand exhaust gas flow and heat transfer in gasoline particulate filters, and to consequently develop an efficient, experimentally validated modelling framework that can be used for optimisation of filter geometry and catalyst coating.

As this is a collaborative project with Johnson Matthey (JM), an international leader in sustainable technologies, the successful candidate will benefit from access to JM facilities and expertise.

We are looking for a candidate with deep knowledge and appreciation of fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Experience with experimental measurement techniques, coding and computational fluid dynamics are desirable.


This is a fully-funded PhD studentship, including bursary plus tuition fees.


Training and development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Candidate specification

  • 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.
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • Excellent analytical skills and a deep knowledge of Fluid Mechanics are essential
  • Experience in CFD modelling, coding (in particular Matlab) and experimental flow work are desirable

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To find out more about the project please contact Dr Svetlana Aleksandrova.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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