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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage & Archaeology (SEAHA) - Scholarship: 'CFD modelling of dust in the built environment: sources,transport and deposition'


The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage & Archaeology (SEAHA) is pleased to announce that applications are currently open for the following interdisciplinary four-year scholarship:

'CFD modelling of dust in the built environment: sources,transport and deposition'

Overview:

This exciting and challenging project will address the processes of ingress, generation, transport,deposition and resuspension of particulate matter, particularly in domestic and heritage environments. These processes can be affected by numerous factors, from type of building envelope to furnishing, human activity, to heating and ventilation regimes, and the effects of particulate matter can be significant: from aesthetic, chemical, mechanical to biological. The dynamics of particulate matter and its deposition can be studied using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), by building on (or by extending) suitable models that have recently been developed in collaboration between UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage (CSH) and UCL Department of Chemical Engineering. This represents a suitable basis on which environments of different complexities (heritage, domestic,office) could be compared. This will lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of particulate matter and of the evolution of its concentration in air, as well as its accumulation on surfaces,associated with maintenance costs.

The doctoral project will address the following research questions:

(i) Can an experimental setup be developed, deployable in real indoor environments, as well as sensitive heritage environments, enabling us to monitor particulate matter concentration as well as deposition?

(ii) Can the collected data be used to develop and validate CFD models of particulate matter in heritage, domestic and office environments?

(iii) On the basis of case studies in diverse environments, can a comparative assessment of the dynamics of particulate matter be carried out?

Application deadline: 14 July 2014
Interviews: 21 July 2014 (at UCL)

Full details can be found in the PDF document attached under 'Related Files' below.

SUBMITTED BY: Selina McCarthy AUTHOR: SEAHA Centre ManagerORIGINAL PUBLISHED DATE: 6/11/2014