Zero emissions power plants through combustion optimisation

The combustion of fossil fuels for power generation will remain to play a significant role to meet the increasing energy demand in the foreseeable future. Improving the fundamental understanding of the combustion and pollutant formation processes can lead to improved plant performance and substantially reduce the pollutant emission.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling is a powerful tool that, due to recent advances in computational power, has become useful in aiding the design and development of advanced power generation technologies with significant climate change mitigation potential. This project will use CFD as a tool, including using the Reynolds Average NS equations (RANS) and the Large Eddie Simulations (LES) and develop advanced new models to investigate the combustion phenomena that drive the heat transfer, pollutant emissions of thermal fired power plants. The research will be supported from the data collected from the national PACT facilities as validation and verification. The research output will directly contribute to the next generation flexible and low emission burner designs for stable and efficient operation of power plants.

The studentship will support a highly motivated researcher to undertake this cutting edge research for future energy and power generation technologies. The successful applicants will receive appropriate training to work at the forefront of research.

The studentship will be available for a period of 3.0 years at the standard EPSRC rate which covers UK/EU fees and includes a non-taxable stipend, currently of £14,296p.a., and a budget for IT equipment, books, software and travelling to conferences, and/or project meetings.

Potential applicants should have, or are expecting to obtain in the near future, a first class honours degree in engineering, mathematics, or science. The studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only and therefore the successful candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for EPSRC funding through UK nationality and/or residency status.

The research work will be based in the Energy 2050 initiative within the University of Sheffield, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering to develop world-leading activity in energy research. The student will be working within an exciting and dynamic group with approximately 40 PhD researchers and over 12 postdoctoral research fellows undertaking a broad area of energy research with strong links to industry.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has been a major discipline in the University since its foundation in 1905. The Research Excellence Framework (REF, December 2014) placed the Department within the Top 5 for Mechanical Engineering in the UK.

For further information please contact Professor Derek Ingham

Closing date: 31st Junly 2017