PhD Scholarship Fluid-structure Interaction at University of Ghent

University of Ghent is offering PhD position in mechanical engineering. This position is available for four years. Applications are welcome before November 09, 2018.

The Fluid Mechanics research group at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University (UGent) focuses on fluid-structure interaction (FSI) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Currently, two professors, one post-doc and eleven PhD students are working on these topics with various applications in mechanical engineering. Furthermore, there are active international and internal collaborations. In concreto, current research topic is in collaboration with the research cell on Computational Tribology, which is part of Soete Laboratory at UGent.

We are looking for a PhD student for four years to model and simulate the wire-drawing process using CFD-FSI simulations. Wire drawing is a technique to reduce the diameter of a steel wire by drawing it through a die. This process also changes the metallurgical properties of the steel wire. To reduce friction, a lubricant is applied, resulting in a thin liquid film between the wire and the die during the drawing process. A constant film thickness is crucial to obtain a constant diameter and quality of the wire. However, when the speed of the wire drawing is increased, fluctuations of the film thickness are observed in practice which need fundamental investigation such that the process can be accelerated.

This PhD is linked with Bekaert, a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies.

For further information on the project and/or application, please contact Prof. Joris Degroote ( by 9th of November 2018.


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