The University of Newcastle, Australia

Wall Turbulence Control: Beyond the Canonical Smooth Wall Case

Closing Date: 31 May 2019

PhD Scholarship

The project aims at filling a critical knowledge gap in the area of wall turbulence control, by investigating for the first time, using both theory and experiments, how a rough wall turbulent boundary layer responds to perturbations such as wall suction and blowing.

Blue Haze

The project will generate new knowledge required to ascertain whether or not turbulent flows over rough surfaces can be controlled/managed to achieve some desirable outcomes, such as reducing the drag of a roughened bluff body (e.g. a ship whose hull is roughened by fouling). The project's outcomes, enhanced understanding of wall turbulence control, will lead to significant benefits, such improved control technologies and better prediction/description of wall turbulence. The applicant is expected to:

- Set up and run the experiments using hot-wire anemometry

- Process/Analyse the data and prepare draft papers for publication

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: Australian Research Council Discovery Project. $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Professor Lyazid Djenidi

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must have completed at least a bachelor’s degree in one of the following area: Mechanical Engineering. Applicants who are nearing completion are also encouraged to apply. Both Australian and international applicants will be considered.
  2. The applicant must have a strong academic record, which, for example, amounts to a grade point average (GPA) of 3.7 (out of 4.0) or higher or equivalent to H1 or First Class Honours Degree.
  3. The following criteria will be taken into account during the assessment: (i) Candidate’s academic performance in the bachelor’s degree (or Master’s   degree), (ii) Quality of the degree completed (iii) Completion time of the degree, (iv) Knowledge in the relevant research field (Fluid Mechanics and   possible but not required turbulent flows) (v) English language proficiency (refer to the following link for more information: English Language   Requirements), and (vi) Online interviews and references.

Please also refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 31 May 2019.

Applications Close 31 May 2019

Contact Professor Lyazid Djenidi
Phone 0249216184

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