PhD studentships

  1. Control of turbulent fluids

To apply

Formal applications need to be made through the job-opportunities pages of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

If you wish to discuss any details of these projects informally, please contact Dr Sharma using the email at the bottom of this page.

Control of turbulent fluids

Opening date: January 2014

Closing date: until filled

Funding status: Funding available for UK/EU candidates. Overseas students must make up the difference from other sources.

This project is a unique opportunity to develop and use new theoretical results to understand and control the physics of turbulent flows relevant to aerodynamic and hydrodynamic applications. You will become a part of a group of talented and highly motivated researchers in the Aerodynamics group, researching wall-bounded turbulence.

The work is to design flow control surfaces to interact with turbulent flows in order to reduce drag, or stabilise recently discovered nonlinear exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations. The new understanding and methodology developed will carry over to a vast range of flow-related applications.

The investigation will involve mostly robust control theory, fluid mechanics and some direct numerical simulation (DNS). The candidate must have a strong interest in control theory and in fluid mechanics, ideally turbulence. The successful candidate must also be self-motivated. Prospective candidates must have or be expecting a 1st class 4-year or MSc degree in a relevant subject (Engineering, Maths, Physics) and should enjoy mathematical work. Programming experience would be advantageous. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to publish and present scientific results, are essential.