Research Postgraduate (Masters) Scholarship Numerical Modelling of Liquid Metal Processing

Scholarship: €18,000 tax-free per annum stipend + fees.

A new method of physical melt conditioning called High Shear Processing is being developed in a project (RecycAl) funded by European Commission under FP7 (Theme 6: Environment & Climate Change), in order to purify recycled aluminium alloy with the purpose of producing high performance material from secondary sources (e.g. recycled aluminium alloy scrap).

At UCD, a variety of numerical modelling methods are to be developed in order to computationally predict related physical phenomena of the melt conditioning, including melt fluid flow, break-up and aggregation of impurity particles and froth flotation of particles. The computer modelling and simulations will be validated by project experimentalists (e.g. from Brunel University, UK, and industry partners) to help the design and optimisation of the melt conditioning technique. As this is a European collaborative project, some international travel will be necessary.

UCD invites applications for a full-time M.Eng.Sc. (Masters of Engineering Science) studentship of up to 2 years commencing late 2013 or 1 January 2014. Applications are invited from candidates with a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in mechanical/materials/chemical engineering or related disciplines. Interest in computer simulation and programming is desirable. Experience (e.g. through a final year project) of computational heat transfer or computational fluid dynamics, and particularly related implementation with commercial software like ANSYS, is an advantage. Candidates must be proficient in written and spoken English.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Mingming Tong and co-supervised by Dr. David J. Browne, and will become a member of their active research group.

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Please include a cover letter and C.V. in your application and send to Dr. Mingming Tong at

Closing Date: 17th November 2013.

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