Two-phase evaporative cooling system PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 April 2019
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
10 September 2018



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Project detail

The Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering are looking for a high calibre candidate to join a research team as a PhD student to drive forward the development of future two-phase evaporative cooling technologies for energy systems with potential impact in the automotive sector and power generation sector.

This is an opportunity for world-class research training at Loughborough University, including opportunities to explore state-of-art optical diagnostic facilities and attend international conferences. The successful applicant will be expected to be an integral part of a collaborative research team. The research topic focuses on the detailed investigation of the fundamental liquid-vapour phase change process and consequential heat and mass transfer process in pool boiling and flow boiling systems with different fluid-surface combinations. It will be both highly challenging and rewarding. The research will include:

  1. Detailed experimental investigation of the phase change and consequential heat and mass transfer process in pool boiling and flow boiling
  2. Development and validation of semi-empirical and 1-2D models to predict the heat transfer rate at different surface temperature, and the critical heat flux conditions
  3. Apply and validated models to identify novel ways to improve the effectiveness and controllability of the two-phase evaporative cooling systems.


Primary supervisor: Dr Huayong Zhao

Find out more

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

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

Entry requirements

The candidates must be expecting, or have already obtained a first degree (1st class or high 2:1 honours or equivalent) in mechanical engineering, physics or other relevant subjects. Good communication skills are essential and interest in, and a basic understanding of the thermo-fluid system is desirable.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: 

  1. Multiphase thermos-fluids systems
  2. Optical diagnostics in thermos-fluids systems

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

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.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: HZUF2018