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Funded PhD Opportunity

Reversible Heat Pump/Organic Rankine Cycle

This project is funded by: UU Scholarship for EPSRC Lot-net

Subjects: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning and Architecture, Built Environment and Planning


Summary

The aim of LoT-NET is to prove a cost-effective near-zero emissions solution for heating and cooling that realises the huge potential of waste heat and renewable energies by utilising a combination of a low-cost low-loss flexible heat distribution network together with novel input, output and storage technologies. Building on the development of 5th generation low temperature heat networks, Ulster University will develop a combined heat pump/organic Rankine Cycle for either heat to power or power to heat applications through its unique reversible characteristics. Cycle simplification and understanding compressor abilities to operate as a pump (ORC mode) leaving the turbine/expander to operate in one direction will facilitate maximum flexibility between combined (thermal/electricity) energy systems and will focus on turbine/expander and compressor/pump development.

Methodology: High temperature applications (new working fluids and compressor lubrication strategies) and reversible heat pump/Organic Rankine Cycle will require a new test facility addressing compressor/turbine development and flexibility through compressor/pump and expander/turbine operations).


Essential criteria

  • To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology

Funding

This project is funded by: UU Scholarship for EPSRC Lot-net

    The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:

    Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)

    Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £15,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Bursary (VCRB)

    Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £7,500 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)

    Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies

UU Scholarship for EPSRC Lot-NET


Other information


The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Friday 21 June 2019

Interview Date
28 June 2019


Applying

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Campus

Jordanstown campus

Jordanstown campus
The largest of Ulster's campuses


Contact supervisor

Professor Neil Hewitt


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