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A PhD studentship is available to investigate how initially well-behaved flames can accelerate out of control by self-generation of large amounts of extra flame surface area, leading to flashback and other undesirable behaviour. The project will use high-accuracy Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) techniques to investigate the Darrius-Landau, thermo-diffusive and hydrodynamic instabilities, and how they are manifested individually and together in the presence of turbulence.
Supercomputer resources will be used to generate an extensive database on flame instability. The database will be mined to investigate how the various instabilities are either promoted or masked by turbulence under different circumstances. The aim is to improve current understanding of the fundamentals of instability growth, and will lead in due course to more stable, efficient and cleaner energy conversion systems.
Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in Engineering or Physical Sciences. Any previous knowledge or experience of CFD and/or reacting flows would be helpful but is not essential.

This studentship will cover all University fees and a maintenance allowance of at least £24,582 per year for UK students. EU citizens are eligible for a fees only award.

Overseas students are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

To express an interest in this position or to obtain further information please contact Prof. Stewart Cant (

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions web pages, with Prof. Stewart Cant identified as the potential supervisor

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Key Information

Department of Engineering

Reference: NM14284

Dates and deadlines:

Friday, 8 December, 2017
Closing Date
Saturday, 31 March, 2018