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PhD Position Heatflex Flexible Design and Operation

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in mechanical engineering. There is no application deadline for this position.

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has the following vacancy PhD position on HeatFlex Flexible design and operation of future 4th-generation district heating networks. (V35.5344)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering considers as the core of their activities design, realization and analysis of new products, processes and materials. Besides the basis of (solid and fluid) mechanics, materials, control and thermodynamics, parts of mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing science are important supporting tools. The field is explored by a combination of modeling using fundamental concepts and applied engineering and technology. Automotive Engineering Science and Micro- amp; Nano-Scale Engineering are important departmental themes. The Mechanical Engineering Department comprises about 1000 students and 250 staff members.

The section Energy Technology performs research on heat transfer and thermofluids engineering. Energy Technology (ET) addresses engineering problems associated with energy conversion processes such as transport, utilization, implementation etc., and comprises many different disciplines. The research of our group is focused on three primary topics: heat transfer and transitional flows, microscale interphase processes, and small-scale renewable energy systems. One of the research lines is focusing on the implementation of renewable energy sources in district heating networks.

The current energy grids for power (electricity grid) and heat (district heating) need to evolve into a combined flexible structure with many more (sustainable) distributed energy production sources. Intermediate small- and large-scale storage of energy is indispensable. Besides, control of all these energy flows in the system becomes increasingly important.

This project aims to develop a reliable modeling tool for a low-temperature district heating network. It can be used for the design of such a network connected to various renewable heat sources including geothermal heat, and can be used for control of an existing district heating network. Obviously there are many commercial tools available that capture the physics of the system and its components (energyPRO, Simulink), but they have the disadvantage of not being open-source and they are also not optimized for transient behaviour. Moreover, modules for geothermal heat (as thermal source) and heat storage (as thermal buffer) are not available yet.

Note that although the exact physical details of some storage materials are still subject of investigation, a lumped parameter approach can still accurately describe the system properties on a higher hierarchical level in terms of reaction time, energy density, power and operational temperature (model reduction approach).

This project will develop a reliable modeling tools for a low-temperature (30-60 centigrades) district heating network, which can be used for the optimal design of such a network connected to various renewable energy production sources and can be used for control of such a network.

Please use the button "Apply now" to send in your application with extended curriculum vitae. Besides a list of marks of MSc-courses the curriculum vitae should also include a list of references and a list of international conference and journal contributions (if any).


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