The Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems at Coventry University, are offering a PhD Studentship in Nonequilibrium Two-Phase Flow in Disordered Media: Memory, Hysteresis and Energy Dissipation.
The displacement of a fluid by another in a disordered porous material, for example migration of water and gases in soils and rocks, is often out-of-equilibrium. This means the flow occurs in a highly nonuniform manner (both in space and time), exhibiting rate-dependency as well as path dependency (hysteresis), the latter intimately related to memory and energy dissipation. While it is known that these behaviours at the large (macroscopic) scale emerge from microscopic (pore)-scale mechanisms and the rough energy landscape associated with microscopic heterogeneity, the link between these remains elusive. This interdisciplinary project aims to resolve this knowledge gap.
The successful candidate will be highly-talented, motivated, and open-minded with a background in physics, fluid mechanics, geosciences, or a related discipline.
Experience with computer simulations as well as experiments is highly desirable.