Modelling of Phase Change in Dense Particle Assemblies

This project aims to deliver a new modeling approach to efficiently simulate the powder flow and phase change (solid-liquid-solid) in dense packings of powder consisting of tens of millions of individual grains with application to manufacturing processes. To achieve this the student will contribute to all aspects of the development (theoretical, implementation and validation) of a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity computational framework based on Discrete Element Method and lattice-Boltzmann modeling approaches and will perform computer simulation to assess the powder flow and phase change in dense packings. Through these numerical simulations, the student is expected to provide new insight into the effects of the grain shape on the powder dynamics and phase change in dense particle assemblies.

Further Information: 

The University of Edinburgh is committed to equality of opportunity for all its staff and students, and promotes a culture of inclusivity. Please see details here:

Closing Date: 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Principal Supervisor: 

Assistant Supervisor: 


2:1 Undergraduate degree in mechanical/chemical engineering, physics, applied math or closely related subject areas. Strong math and computer skills. Proficient in at least one high level programming language  or a willingness to learn (preferably Fortran or C++ – Python/Matlab also acceptable).

Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Fully funded for home students / partially funded for International students.

Further information and other funding options.