PhD Project at Aberdeen University: Computational multi-fluid dynamics (CMFD)


Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering – Aberdeen University
Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of computational multi-fluid dynamics (CMFD), leading to the award of a PhD Degree.

Level: PhD
Research Project: Modelling and Simulation of Reactive Flows in Porous Media
Study at: Aberdeen University, UK
Faculty: College of Physical Science
PhD Supervisor: Dr J Melo de almeida Gomes
International applicants: Acceptable
Deadline: 6 December 2013


This project involves the development of advanced computational methods for multiphase flows in porous media. The objective of the research is to develop a novel model which will significantly improve our ability to simulate reactive flows through geological formations. Potential areas of application include oil and gas engineering (reservoir engineering, EOR), environmental science and technology (CO2 storage, groundwater contaminant transport), and nuclear safety assessment (waste repositories).

This energy-based project is inheritably multidisciplinary covering several research core areas: chemical, petroleum, mechanical and civil engineering, applied mathematics, computing sciences, and geology. The successful applicant will carry out model and software development of the open-source Fluidity code, aiming to:

a) Extend the current model framework to enable simulation of multiphase flows in heterogeneous porous media;
b) Develop computational tools for reactive flows (kinetics and thermodynamics equilibrium);
c) Model and software quality assurance: the model will be validated against experiments, field benchmark data (e.g., CO2 injection into saline aquifers; heterogeneous porous media with anisotropic permeability tensor representation) and (semi-)analytical solution for idealized geometries (e.g., MMS).

The successful candidate will join the Environmental & Industrial Fluid Mechanics Group within the School of Engineering. The Group has world-class expertise in computational methods for fluids and granular flows, turbulent flows and thermo-hydraulics with outstanding experimental facilities. In the course of three years of study, the candidate will be trained in state-of-art computational adaptive methods for simulation of multiphase flows. They will have the opportunity to develop their career, transferable skills, and professional profile by presenting at international conferences and publishing in high-impact specialized journals.


UK/EU students, international applicants are welcomed

Candidates should have, or expect to receive, a degree in physical and computational sciences, mathematics, or engineering (at least 2.1 or equivalent). The ability to analyze and solve open-ended physical and engineering problems and to develop algorithms and simulation methodologies are essential. As the project involves scientific code development, demonstrated programming skills with Fortran and/or C language(s) is desirable. Preference will be given to those who have previous experience in computer programming and algorithm development for computational physics applications. Effective written and verbal communication skills, time-management skills and ability to work in a team are also important.

How to Apply

Formal applications can be completed online: You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing. Please ensure that you quote the project title and supervisor on the application form.

Application Deadline

Closing date: 06 December 2013
The start date can be 3rd February or 1st April 2014 (depending on individual circumstances).

More Information

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr. Jeff Gomes ( and Dr. Marcus Campbell Bannerman ( with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit (

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