Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) is a process which converts heavy fractions of petroleum oil to lighter products which are in greater demand.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
- Modern FCC catalysts consist of zeolite in a porous matrix.
- These fines bypass the cyclones used for separation in FCC processes, and a proportion can enter the atmosphere which has health and environmental implications.
- Although attrition of FCC catalysts is an important issue, mechanistic understanding is lacking.
- These catalyst particles are mechanically degraded by attrition which leads to the generation of fines.
- Modern simulation tools, in particular the discrete element method (DEM), can provide this mechanistic understanding.
- As part of an ongoing project led by the principal supervisor, a novel DEM simulation approach has been developed for arbitrarily shaped, abradable particles.
- An undergraduate degree in Civil ,Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline is essential
- Minimum qualification an Honours degree or above in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree.
HOW TO APPLY:
- Apply online or details of the funding you have already secured in your application.
- Further information and other funding options.
- Informal Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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