PhD Scholarship in Natural convection fluid flow and heat transfer in indoor and geophysical environments
As the impact of humans on our environment becomes ever more significant our society needs to better understand how to reduce these impacts by solving some of the mysteries of how air and water flow in our natural environment, and also how air flows within the indoor environment of the buildings in which we live and work.
This project aims to understand an important class of fluid flows that are driven by natural convection processes adjacent to heated surfaces, such as when solar radiation heats indoor or outdoor building surfaces, or heats natural larger objects at city or broader landscape scales.
The research will involve theoretical analysis, experimental measurements and numerical modelling. The results will have application to a wide range of situations potentially including: optimising thermal comfort and energy efficiency in buildings; impacts of ‘cool roofs’ on the ‘urban heat island’ effect; and other geophysical flows such as the melting of ocean ice-sheets.
The successful candidate will work in the unique Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), that includes world-class research facilities housed in the net-zero energy SBRC building, and which is one of the most sustainable buildings in Australia.