Thermal effects in polymer processing

Project description

It is well-understood that temperature variations occur during most polymer-processing experiments and that the rheology of the polymer is affected by the temperature change. Isothermal, finite-element numerical models developed at Leeds, based on quantitative molecular models of polymers in flow, have had great success in simulating industrially-important flows. However, these ignore the temperature variations that are apparent in the corresponding physical experiments.

This work would extend the finite-element models to include thermal effects and investigate the effect on both the polymer rheology and the overall flow field.

Collaboration with Dr Oliver Harlen, Applied Mathematics

Entry requirements

You must have achieved a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons), or equivalent, or a good performance in a Masters level course in a relevant subject. We also recognise relevant industrial and academic experience.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e: phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.