P29 - Smooth Particle Hydrodynamic Modelling of Moisture Migration under Oscillatory Type Motions

Closing Date: 31 December 2022Apply Now

PhD Scholarship

Supervisor: Associate Professor Kenneth Williams - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project investigates the fundamental mechanisms of moisture liberation and subsequent motion through particulate ensembles. This will provide advanced knowledge to drive innovative dewatering technology design.

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The inherent moisture within the mined particulates is not static during material storage, transportation and handling. Moisture is constantly migrating under the influence of the external motions. This is particularly evident for product conveyors, trucks, trains and ships carrying the mined particulates. In this research, numerical modelling will be developed in parallel with the development of unique characterisation techniques. This will be achieved through combining smooth particle hydrodynamics (SPH) approach which defines the liquid phase with discrete element modelling (DEM) simulations which define the particulate volumes. Subsequent innovative dewatering solutions will be derived from advancing moisture migration knowledge.

For more information on our Centre please visit www.coeminerals.org.au

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $33,092 per annum (2020 rate). For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover at single rate, for an international candidate.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Kenneth Williams

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant will need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission.

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 Ken.Williams@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 31 December 2022.

Applications Close 31 December 2022 Apply Now

Contact Associate Professor Kenneth Williams
Phone +61 2 4033 9038
Email Ken.Williams@newcastle.edu.au

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