Study of nanoparticles in tribological contacts PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

The proposed research aims at understanding the behaviour of fluids containing nanoparticles (nanofluids) in high-pressure and relatively high temperature narrow conjunctions, typical of various tribological contacts. Since such conjunctions are often subject to cavitation; therefore, a multi-phase computational platform along with experimental methods and facilities are required to be utilised and developed to incorporate various physical phenomena encountered in such contacts. The influence of surface texture will also be considered along with developing an understanding of inter-particle and the particle-continuum forces on the tribological performance. The effect of nanofluids on cavitation and subsequent associated problems such as cavitation-induced erosion in the contacts would also be considered.


Primary supervisor: Dr Ramin Rahmani

Secondary supervisor: Dr Nick Morris

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Ramin Rahmani or register your interest and ask us a question.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: numerical analysis, CFD, experimental methods.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions  it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under program name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS21

Application details

Reference number:  WS21
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 09 March 2018