Dynamics of turbulent wakes in multiphase flows with LaVision

Aura CDT Industry PhD Scholarships

LaVision: Dynamics of turbulent wakes in multiphase flows

In partnership with LaVision UK Ltd, we are offering a 4-year taught, and research industry-sponsored PhD scholarship with the Aura CDT. The PhD research directly addresses sector needs to understand hydrodynamic loading and environmental impact of infrastructure.

Large-scale development of offshore wind energy infrastructure will have significant impact on the marine environment. To support models, monitoring and sector development regulations, new methods are needed to quantitatively measure the impact of infrastructure interactions with the complex marine environment, which include particle-laden and thermally stratified waters. Partnered with global leaders in fluid flow imaging, LaVision, this project will advance understanding of flow infrastructure interaction using laboratory scale experiments.

Offshore wind turbines under construction

The student will initially undertake a 12-month taught component that includes a PG-Diploma, followed by 3-years PhD research. As part of the project and working with industry partners LaVision, the student will develop and integrate new LED- and laser-based flow imaging methods to simultaneously quantify the dynamics of particle laden and thermally stratified flows. The research will apply developed methods to scale experiments of flow past offshore renewable energy infrastructure in a laboratory flume. Based in a multidisciplinary research group, the student will apply state-of-the-art data analysis methods to identify principal dynamics of multiphase flows.

LaVision experimental equipment

The project will address key, sector relevant, questions to:

  • Correlate free-surface visible and internal dynamics of particle laden wakes, generated in the lee of offshore wind energy infrastructure.
  • Predict settling velocity control on particulate distribution in offshore wind energy wakes.
  • Quantify thermal, density stratification, control on offshore wind energy wake dynamics.


Academic Supervisors

Dr Robert Dorrell                  email: R.Dorrell@hull.ac.uk

Dr Stuart McLelland               email: S.J.McLelland@hull.ac.uk

Entry requirements

If you have received a First-class Honours degree or a 2:1 Honours degree and a Masters (or the international equivalents) in Engineering, Physics, or Mathematics, with a background in fluid dynamics, we would like to hear from you.

If your first language is not English, or you require Tier 4 student visa to study, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level that meets the requirements of the Aura CDT’s academic partners. This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each skill.


This full-time LaVision PhD Scholarship will include fees at the ‘Home/EU/International’ student rate and maintenance (£15,609 per annum, 2021/22 rate) for four years, depending on satisfactory progress.

The scholarship is available from September 2021 as a full-time position (part-time study is available). You will join Cohort 3 of the Aura CDT in Hull, in the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary – the global centre for research, innovation and development for the sector. Initially, you will study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment, followed by a 3-year PhD project supported by LaVision.

Applications are open until 16 May 2021. Please see our instructions on How to Apply

Watch our webinar to find out more

For enquiries, contact auracdt@hull.ac.uk