PhD scholarship: CFD modelling of plasma reactor


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,854 per annum (2022 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Opening date 24 August 2021
Closing date 5 October 2021


Supervisor – Professor Victor Rudolph

A full scholarship is available for a PhD student to conduct research on Plasma reactor modelling.
Thermal Plasma based chemical processing technology provides a unique opportunity to carry out reaction with exceptionally fast kinetics and residence time usually in order of few millisecond. This feature has been exploited to intensify the conventional chemical process into a low footprint skid based plant. Such small plants are quickly catching the interest of small to medium industries.

In this project, the researcher will explore the dynamics of electrical arc in a turbulent plasma plume. Visualization of the axial motion of the arc inside the plasma torch is highly challenging even using the most advanced imaging technology. Fortunately, advances in computational capability have led to the emergence of numerical modelling of the plasma torch as an alternative method to analyse the arc dynamics inside the plasma torch. The modelling of arc discharge in thermal plasma requires the combination of mutually related fluid dynamics and electromagnetic phenomenon that dictates the size and stability of the arc column.

A working knowledge of CFD modelling or turbulent flow modelling would be of benefit to someone working on this project. Candidates who is not familiar with CFD but has a strong mathematical foundation and some background in solving ODE’s and PDE’s are also encouraged to apply.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘CFD-RUDOLPH’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of chemical engineering, mechanical engineering (or similar), physics, mathematics and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of computational fluid dynamics is highly desirable.


Dr Pradeep Shukla

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.