PhD Scholarship in Energy Technologies

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About this project

The School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hull is one of the largest Schools/Departments within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The School has a long history of excellence in research and in the application of research to address real world problems. The challenges facing the world are complex and require a multidisciplinary approach. As a general engineering school, we are able to bring together a wide range of expertise, experience and facilities to solving such problems. The discipline of “Energy, Environment and Sustainable Engineering” is one of the particular challenges which our research focuses on. We’re now trying to make engineering systems more energy efficient, greener in their effect on the environment and safe, robust and sustainable in operation.

The School is seeking for a qualified PhD candidate who will work on an EU Marie Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project to develop the design theory, computerised tool and individual technologies for a novel data centre dew point cooling system. Such a system, comprising a few critical and highly innovative components (i.e., dew point air cooler, adsorbent sorption/regeneration cycle, micro-channels loop-heat-pipe based CDC heat recovery system, paraffin/expanded-graphite based heat storage/ exchanger, and internet-based intelligent monitoring and control system), is expected to achieve 60% to 90% of electrical energy saving and have a comparable initial price to traditional data centre air conditioning systems.

The post holder will work with a research fellow and other project partners from Europe and China to establish the design theory resulted from dedicated experimental processes, develop a computerised tool for use in optimisation, design and energy performance assessment of the data centre dew point air conditioning systems, as well as investigation of the selected data centre cases.

The post holder will be provided with the work programme and will complete various tasks as outlined in the schedule. He/she will attend the regular meetings with the supervisors to identify and resolve problems arising, and prepare technical reports as part of the workload. He/she will also be encouraged to publish papers in refereed journals and international conferences.  


Informal enquiries about this role may be addressed to Professor Xudong Zhao, Xudong.Zhao@hull.ac.uk

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Full tuition fee and maintenance (£14,296 in 16/17 for EU/UK students)

Entry requirements

You need to have a good degree in Building Services Engineering, Mechanical or Renewable Energy Engineering, with excellent experience in computer modelling. You are expected to have good communications skills in English. Knowledge in thermo-fluid, air conditioning, building energy performance, as well as computer programming is also important to this post.  


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How to apply

This post is available immediately and offered on a 36-month fixed-term basis.

Application deadline: 31 March 2017