PhD Position in Computational modeling of high-temperature thermochemical heat storage system for industrial decarbonization
Are you interested in developing a new generation of high-temperature thermochemical heat storage systems suitable for the industrial decarbonization of heavy industries? Do you have experience and skills in experimental heat transfer? Then this PhD project may be interesting for you.
This position is part of a project recently funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe program. Here, the University of Twente together with academic/research organizations and industrial partners from 6 European countries join the forces in the development of a renewable electricity-powered high-temperature thermochemical heat storage system.
This project introduces an innovative breakthrough approach towards thermal energy storage of surplus renewable energy via a hybrid thermochemical/sensible heat storage with the aid of porous media made of refractory redox metal oxides and electrically powered heating elements. The energy is stored in the form of sensible and chemical energy (enthalpy of a reversible redox reaction) which significantly increases the effective energy density. The proposed system will be developed and tested at a proof-of-concept scale. The target applications are steel making and recycling.
The goal of this Ph.D. is to develop multi-physics models at multiple scales for the simulation of the storage system. You will develop a direct pore-level numerical simulation of fluid flow, species transport, heat transfer, and chemical reaction to understand the pore-level behaviour of the redox material. A reactor scale model will be developed for the design of the storage system. You will develop machine learning algorithms for the design and optimization of the storage system. The storage model will be integrated with the system-level dynamic model.
You will be part of a team consisting of postdocs and Ph.D. students. During the project, you will work with experimentalists, machine learning, and system integration experts. You are expected to work with experts from German Aerospace Centre- Germany, The Centre for Research & Technology - Greece, TATA Steel Netherlands, and other commercial partners.
Information and application
You can apply for this position by April 10, 2023 by clicking the ‘apply now’ button below. Please include:
- Curriculum Vitae (including contact information for at least two academic references);
- Title and abstract of your Master’s project/thesis;
- A motivation letter (maximum one page);
- MS grade sheet.
For more information on this position, please contact Abhishek Kumar Singh (email@example.com).
About the organisation
The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.