Flow Measurement and Visualisation in Swirling Flows

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

Award Details:  No award (self-funding)

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

Application deadline: 10 January 2020

Interviews date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: May 2020

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


Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

By joining the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing (EEC), you will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and partnerships with some of the biggest names in industry, including Jaguar Land Rover, GE Aviation, Cummins and Intel.

The project

The aim of this project is experimental investigation of swirling flows in sudden expansions. Such flows are encountered in many applications - e.g. turbomachinery, cooling flows and after treatment systems for turbocharged car engines. Recent trend to use turbochargers on engines results in swirling flow entering the catalyst or filter. The effect of swirl on the flow distribution inside the catalyst is not well understood.

The project will involve using flow measurement and visualisation techniques to investigate the effect of swirl on the flow pattern in a sudden expansion. HWA (Hot-Wire Anemometry) and Stereo PIV (particle-image velocimetry) will be used to get insight into the mechanisms governing the flow and to investigate the effect of flow parameters (mass flow rate, geometry, swirl level) on flow uniformity, flow separation and other phenomena characteristic to complex swirling flows.

Funding details

  • Self-funded
  • You can apply for a PhD loan of up to £25,700 if you're an English or Welsh-resident student studying in the UK or an EU student coming to study in England or Wales.


  • The successful candidate will recieve 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.

Entry Requirements

  • A taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
  • 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)
  • Good analytical skills and a deep knowledge of fluid mechanics and heat transfer are essential
  • Experience in experimental flow work and coding (in particular using LabView and Matlab) is desirable

How to apply

You can apply by submitting full supporting documentation, covering letter, and a 2000-word proposal addressing the research theme.

For more information on this opportunity please contact Dr Svetlana Aleksandrova 

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