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Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Gas Turbine Laboratory

NSERC/W. R. Davis Engineering Ltd. Collaborative Research and Development

Energy Efficient Exhaust Systems for Gas Turbines and Diesel Engines

Overview

This new four year research program (starting Fall 2009) is funded by NSERC and W.R.Davis Engineering Ltd. of Ottawa, Canada. Davis is a world leader in specialized after market components for gas turbine and Diesel engines. This research program will focus on specialized exhaust components including air-air ejectors, hyper mixing nozzles, ejectors with water spray, film and effusion cooled nozzles and heat exchangers.

All of the projects will include scale model experimentation using either hot or cold flow wind tunnels. CFD studies will also be carried out on all projects using commercial CFD codes.

Research Positions

Dr. Birk is looking for highly motivated and skilled people to fill the

following positions.

i) Research Engineer/Post Doc
ii) 2-4 PhD students
iii) 4-6 MSc students

If you are interested in any of these positions please contact Dr. Birk directly at birk?at?me.queensu.ca.

Research Engineer/Post Doc.

We are looking for a Mechanical or Chemical engineer with the following experience and skills:

i) excellent written and verbal communication skills
ii) Experience with air-air ejectors, film cooling and swirling flows.
iii) 3-5 years experience with commercial CFD codes for simulating hot and cold 3D internal gas flows with complex boundary conditions, swirl, turbulence, and separated flows.
iv) Experience with commercial CFD codes for modeling 2-phase flows with air and evaporating droplet flow.
v) 3-5 years hands on experience with complex flow measurement using 2D traversing multiport velocity probes, data acquisition systems and programming (Labview).
vi) Experience with LDA systems for 2 and 3D flow measurement.

It is highly desirable that this individual have a PhD in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering. The successful candidate will work closely with graduate students on a variety of research projects. This person will conduct independent research and will be responsible for the design, construction, instrumentation and commissioning of new experimental rigs. The successful candidate will help graduate students with both their experimental and computational work. Please send copies of relevant publications along with your resume.

This will be a contract appointment for an initial 6 month term with possible renewal for additional 6 month or 1 year terms up to a total of four years if funding permits.

PhD Students

We are looking for outstanding MSc or MEng or experienced BSc graduates from respected Mechanical or Chemical Engineering programs. We are looking for 2-4 PhD students with following qualifications:


i) excellent verbal and written communication skills
ii) MSc or MEng degree or five years relevant experience in fluid flow and heat transfer area.
iii) Hands on experience with commercial CFD packages for solving 3D turbulent flows.
iv) detailed flow measurement experience using automated traversing multi-port velocity probes or LDA systems.
v) Knowledge of ejector systems,

Please send copies of relevant publications along with your resume.

Funding is guaranteed for three years with possible extension to a fourth year if progress is satisfactory.

MSc Students

We are looking for 4-6 MSc students.

We are looking for outstanding graduates from respected Mechanical or Chemical Engineering programs. These students should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a solid foundation in instrumentation and data acquisition, machine design, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Some experience with CFD, and turbomachines or IC engines would also be an asset.

Funding is guaranteed for 18 months with possible extension to a total of two years if progress is satisfactory.