Thermal transport in multi-phase flows for concentrating solar applications

Research areas


This project will advance the field of heat transfer in high-temperature systems involving liquid metals, with emphasis on energy storage and solar power technologies. The concept couples a tubular sodium boiler with a NaCl phase-change storage system for continuous energy supply. The key challenge of sodium stability in highly-irradiated tubes will be addressed by investigating mass, momentum, energy and radiative transport in liquid metals. This will inform the design and testing of novel sodium boilers to provide stable and isothermal process heat for continuous or on-demand production of power, chemical fuels and commodities.

The doctoral research will focus on multi-phase thermal transport modeling of gas–liquid sodium flows for concentrating solar energy applications. A three-year scholarship (starting from $26,288 per year) with tuition fee waiver will be offered.


The successful candidates are expected to have outstanding background in thermal sciences, in particular computational fluid dynamics for multi-phase systems. Proficient skills in technical English (written and oral), programming (Fortran, C, Python), and software use (Linux, CFD, office suites, compilers and data visualization tools) are prerequisites to undertake the doctoral research on this topic. The candidates should also display interests in participating in the experimental work for validating the numerical models.

General information for applicants can be found at

Apply at by 15 April 2016. In the field Other Scholarship of the application form, specify: Multi-phase flows. Notify Higher Degree Research team in CECS Student Services ( when you complete the online application.

Inquiries about this position should be sent to Prof. Wojciech Lipiński.

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