PhD on modelling of flash-back and burner optimization in hydrogen burners

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 31 Oct 2022

Irène Curie Fellowship



Mechanical Engineering

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Job description

The Power and Flow group focuses on clean and efficient process technology, to cater for fast-growing energy demands. Our mission is to perform world-class scientific research on multiphase and reactive flows in the area of energy conversion and process technology. The research is concerned with the development of computational and experimental techniques for the study of hydrogen flames in industrial applications.

We are interested in studying hydrogen flash-back, fundamentally as well as in practical applications. Studies on hydrogen flash-back have been performed in the past, and in this project we want to improve and extend the current knowledge base.  Specifically, we would like to numerically investigate hydrogen flame quenching and flash-back on heated burners. The Flamelet Generated Manifold technique will be assessed and improved for these operating conditions. Furthermore, the thermal stresses of burners will be assessed and models for minimization of thermal stresses and optimization of burner life time will be investigated.

This project is in collaboration with Bosch Thermotechnology, Deventer, but your working location will be the Power and Flow group at TU/e. The supervisors for the project are
prof.dr. Jeroen van Oijen and dr. Nijso Beishuizen.

Job requirements
  • A master’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in mechanical engineering, applied physics, aerospace engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience in numerical methods and CFD simulations
  • Experience in programming in C++, python or matlab
  • Knowledge of combustion physics, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (C1 level).

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process .
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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