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Department of Energy and Process Engineering


PhD in gas turbine combustion instabilities (IV-135/17)

A PhD position in gas turbine combustion instabilities is available at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering (EPT) in the Fluid Mechanics research group.

The gas turbine industry is a globally competative high-technology industry and will play a vital role in meeting EU objectives for clean energy and global emissions reduction recently agreed in Paris (COP21). Gas Turbines have the potential to be fuel flexibile to burn syngas, off-gases, biofuels, and hydrogen blends as well as operate under high levels of dilution which is the main pre-combustion route favored by CCS technologies. One of the most serious challenges facing low-NOx combustion technologies is that they are prone to thermoacoustic instabilities, which limit the operating range and cause mechanical failure. It is expected that the problem of thermoacoustic instabilities will be exacerbated when operating fuel/reactant flexible schemes for CCS.

The main objective of the project is to understand how combustion instabilities are affected by the interaction of adjacent flames in annular as well as multi nozzle configurations, which cannot be investigated in single burner experiments. NTNU has unique experimental facilities, including a new combustion laboratory for fundamental and applied research in gas turbine combustion with unique annular combustion rigs supported by state-of-the-art, high-speed and low speed PIV systems, and a high-speed laser induced fluorescence system.

The research project will focus on experimental investigations using an atmospheric annular combustor fitted with a unique acoustic forcing system comprised of an azimuthal array of speakers to simulate travelling, standing and mixed acoustic modes. The candidate will learn to conduct high-speed imaging and advanced laser diagnostic measurements to characterise the flame and flow dynamics.  The research will involve numerical, theoretical and experimental work therefore the successful candidate must have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Engineering or Applied Mathematics. We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated candidates who can work both independently and with other researchers in the group. Our group aims to be a world leader in combustion instabilities and we are looking for people who share this vision and want to be involved in world leading research. Candidates with some research experience in both advanced numerical of experimental methods will be considered to have a strong advantage. A strong proficiency in computing languages and Matlab (or Maple) is essential.

PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 432,300 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.
Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.

The PhD position is for a duration of 3 years.

For informal enquiries about the position please contact Prof. James Dawson, james.r.dawson@ntnu.no or Prof. Nicholas Worth,  nicholas.a.worth@ntnu.no

The candidate will be required to work in Trondheim at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU.

See http://www.ntnu.edu/ivt/phd for more information.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

The application
The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage. Mark the application with IV-135/17.

Anticipated commencement: As soon as possible, or in agreement with the department.

Application deadline: May 31st 2017

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.



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    31. mai 2017
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