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Job Record #16487
TitleImproving Heat Transfer Performance through Advanced Simulation
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Glasgow
LocationUnited Kingdom, Scotland, Glasgow
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateFriday, July 31, 2020

Improving Heat Transfer Performance through Advanced Simulation Methods

With climate change continuing to drive global emissions reduction targets, it
is increasingly important to maximise energy efficiency.  Rotary regenerative
heat exchangers are the most efficient and compact method for gas to gas heat
transfer and are becoming more widely used in diverse energy intensive
processes involving waste heat.

The two considerations of emissions abatement and increased efficiency underpin
the objectives of this project, which specifically relates to the design of
heat transfer elements for use in Rotary Regenerative Heat Exchangers
(heaters).  These elements consist of thin plates, usually in pairs, with a
geometry designed to induce turbulence and hence heat transfer between the
metal and gas flowing through the heater.  Assessing the thermal and pressure
drop performance characteristics of heat transfer elements currently requires
the element profile to be manufactured and physically tested on an existing
bespoke wind tunnel type test rig.

The aim of this study is to develop high fidelity models, using the most
advanced available Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools, for simulating the
complex flow within heater element packs. These models will be used, firstly,
to gain a better understanding of the impact of detailed turbulent flow
structures on both heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of known
element types.  This work will be validated by comparing the results from CFD
to empirical data obtained from the test rig. 

Secondly, with improved knowledge of the major influences on element
performance, a more efficient approach to element development will be
possible.  The aim will be to achieve substantial cost and time savings
associated with manufacturing elements for testing.  This phase of the project
will involve developing simulation tools to undertake a parametric study of
configurational changes in conjunction with optimisation strategies to produce
improvements in current element performance. 

This project will provide an excellent opportunity to combine numerical
simulation with real world industrial testing, through working in partnership
with a highly respected engineering company and with the potential for future
career development within industry or academia. The company is headquartered in
Glasgow and over 165 years it has grown to become a worldwide organisation,
with over 6,000 employees in 26 countries.  

The project will be managed by Dr Marco Vezza, a Senior Lecturer in the
Division of Aerospace Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Access to CFD
software on high performance computing facilities is available both within the
University and through a local academic partnership to shared HPC facilities.
The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is the fourth oldest in the
UK.  It is a member of the Russell Group of world class universities with a
shared focus on research and a reputation for academic achievement.

For an informal discussion or for further information on this project,
potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Marco Vezza. 

Note that this project has funding attached for UK and EU students, although
the amount may depend on your nationality.  Non-EU students may still be able
to apply for the project provided they can find separate funding.  You should
contact Dr Vezza for more information re eligibility.

Contact Information:
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NameDr Marco Vezza
Email ApplicationYes
Phone+44 (0)141 330 4107
AddressAerospace Sciences Research Division
University of Glasgow,
University Avenue,
G12 8QQ,
United Kingdom
Record Data:
Last Modified12:10:55, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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