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PDEng position in Energy and Process Technology: Industrial heat pump

Job description

Are you interested in high-end technological design? Then, the Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) program Energy and Process Technology is very interesting for you. The PDEng program is a 2-year post-MSc technological program with a focus on technological design. This program at the University of Twente contains an educational part that will be followed at the University of Twente, and a design project that will be carried out in cooperation with a consortium of universities and companies gathered under the KICKSTART project. The educational program will have an in-depth and broadening character with ample attention for professional development and will be partly tailored to the design project.

About the project and your task

In a vapor compression cycle, throttling devices such as capillary tubes, short tube orifices, and expansion valves are used for expanding the working fluid from higher condenser pressure to lower evaporator pressure. Although these devices provide a robust and cost-effective solution, the throttling process through these devices is irreversible, isenthalpic which prohibits the recovery of the expansion work. This loss of expansion work reduces the COP of the vapor compression cycle in comparison to the ideal Carnot cycle in which the expansion process is isentropic.

There are several expansion work recovery methods that can be employed for the enhancement of the COP of the cycle. The common feature of these methods is the utilization of the kinetic energy released during the pressure reduction of the fluid as it passes from high to the low-pressure side instead of dissipating it in a throttling process.  Thus, an isentropic expansion process is approached rather than isenthalpic throttling. There are various systems such as reciprocating pistons, rolling/swing piston, vane, scroll, turbo, vortex tube, etc that have shown tremendous potential in expansion work recovery. The research activity of this PDeng position focuses on designing a device for expansion work recovery. For this purpose, the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model will be developed and used for the optimization of the selected expansion device.

This research will be part of a larger project in which several other related technologies will be investigated by different research groups.

Your profile

We are searching for an excellent MS graduate in the field of Thermal Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Chemical Engineering, Energy Technology, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline with a demonstrable affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments.

Besides, it is important that you can work in a team, have good communication skills, have a sound project approach, and speak and write fluent English.

You must have the ambition and talent to accelerate in finding solutions / creating designs for complex technological issues with a multidisciplinary character.

Previous international mobility, experience in the field of CFD, and vapor compression cycles is welcome.

Our offer

We offer a very challenging position for two years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment.

  • salary of € 2.002 gross per month;
  • a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment

On completing the program, you will receive a certified degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree PDEng and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI).

Information and application

You are welcome to contact Dr. A.K. Singh for any questions you might have (email a.k.singh@utwente.nl).

Please upload your application, including your CV, (1 page) Motivation Letter, MSc grade sheet in one pdf document via the ‘Apply now’ button.

The application deadline is Sept. 17, 2021.

About the organization

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering with a view to enabling society and industry to innovate and create value using sound, efficient and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading centre for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to some 1,800 Bachelor's and Master's students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates and offers three degree programmes: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our educational and research programme are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

PDEng position in Energy and Process Technology: Industrial heat pump
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