UK: Research Assistant Multi-scale/Multi-Physics Computational Modelling of Deep-Water Flexible Pipes at Brunel University

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Salary: £27,047 pa plus £2,166 pa LW               

Vacancy Ref: DEA0582-1

Fixed term: 3 years

Description:Applications are invited for a Research Assistant who will join the Computational Mechanics Group at Brunel University. The successful candidate will work on a multi-disciplinary project funded and supported by EPSRC and industry, within a consortium led by Brunel University including Imperial College and the University of Southampton as academic partners and BP and Shell as industrial collaborators.

The objectives of the project include the development of a multi-scale and multi-physics numerical model to simulate the complex non-linear behaviour of unbonded flexible pipes, which are increasingly being used in the Oil & Gas industry to access and exploit deep-water hydrocabronate resources. The multi-physics nature of the project includes the modelling fluids-structure interaction between flexible pipes and sea current and waves, and how this may lead to vortex induced vibration. The multi-scale nature is linked to the key role played by the complex make-up of the pipes in determining the non-linear structural response; this requires linking a detailed non-linear finite-element model of a small section of pipe, which captures the frictional contact interaction between different layers, with a global structural finite-element model.

Eligibility: The candidate will work mainly on the development and programming of fluids-solid interaction algorithms and further development of our in-house CFD program.  He or she will therefore have a strong background in computational fluid dynamics and experience in developing CFD codes. The candidate should have the ability to produce excellent high levels of communication both written and oral.

Further informal enquiries: about the project can be directed to Prof. Hamid Bahai ( or Dr Giulio Alfano (

Closing date for applications: 23 September 2013

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