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PhD Studentship in Experimental Aerodynamics and Environmental Flows At University Of Southampton, UK

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The aim of this research project is to apply novel laboratory techniques to simulate environmental wind patterns and air pollution around buildings. You will be involved in the design and manufacture of a bespoke building model for windtunnel/watertunnel testing. You will be trained in laser-diagnostic methods including Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) in order to perform measurements of the flow encountering and entering the building. These experiments will provide cutting-edge measurements to analyse the aerodynamic processes linking outdoor and indoor air quality.

This project is supported by the UKRI FLF project “Simulating urban air pollution in the lab” and aims to improve our capability to model and predict urban air quality in support of designing our sustainable cities of the future. There will be opportunities to explore the fundamental physics of the turbulent aerodynamics of atmospheric boundary layer flows. There will also be opportunities to network with other universities and with industries such as DSTL through our existing involvement in the Future Urban Ventilation Network and the UK Fluids Network.


International applications are welcomed although availability of funding is limited. For UK students, funding includes tuition Fees and a stipend of £15,609 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates require (or are expected to gain) a very good undergraduate degree in Engineering (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent). You should have a keen interest in fluid mechanics. An aptitude for experimental methods and computer programming for data analysis is desirable.

Application Procedure:

Applications should be made online at


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