PhD Studentship: Real-time CFD Simulations Integrated with VR for Thermal Simulation and Management of Electrical Energy Storage Devices



Funding amount::

UK Students, EU Students

£20,000 per annum


Tenure:   Fixed term (3 years), from 1st September 2020

The role

Staffordshire University has been awarded an ERDF grant entitled SAMPID (Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and Innovation Demonstrator). The project aims to support companies with product design, prototyping, innovation, process engineering and development of new physical products and/or components. This will lead to new and better performing products and increased utilisation of advanced manufacturing methods, technologies and processes. As part of this we are seeking to recruit a Research and Innovation Analyst who will undertake a fully funded PhD to develop long term innovation.

The project

Gaming technologies like augmented and virtual reality (VR) are now common tools for enhancing advanced engineering design and manufacturing. They provide engineers with feedback for design optimisation through new visualisation approaches, interaction and interpretation. An interesting example is visualisation and interpretation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) results using VR. However, CFD simulations are time consuming and current approaches to combining CFD and VR are limited. This PhD will investigate novel approaches for combining CFD and VR in real-time for engineering design optimisation, particularly thermal simulation and management of electrical energy storage devices.

About you

We are looking for a minimum upper second class undergraduate or good Masters degree in a relevant engineering or physical sciences subject area.  Solid knowledge of ANSYS Fluent is essential to this project and knowledge of electrical and thermal energy storages as well as AR and VR would be advantageous.

Good written and oral communication skills are also required.


Funding is available for 3 years depending on satisfactory progress and meeting SAMPID project expectations. The funding will provide a £20k stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) per annum (subject to appropriate yearly inflationary increases) plus £5k per annum research expenses.  Home/EU PhD fees will be waived for suitably qualified candidates.

Students must actively engage with the wider aims of SAMPID by assisting local businesses within the project. Although the research undertaken will form most of this engagement, students will also be expected to support UG/PGT students undertaking projects with local companies.

Primary supervisor

Dr Mohammad Moghimi Ardekani, School of DTA

To apply

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to

If promising, you’ll then be invited to submit an online application through the University’s central application portal.

Please quote SAMPID, the project title and supervisory team at the top of the Research Proposal section. Please include a personal statement describing your background and skills and your plan for a successful research programme (2,000 word maximum). This can be uploaded as a pdf in the documents section. Please also upload copies of your qualifications.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed after the application deadline. All candidates will subsequently be notified of the outcome.

Please apply here.

Application deadline: 23:59, Friday 17th July 2020