Fluid-structure interaction in the human upper airway

Summary

This project will apply state of the art experimental diagnostic methods to analyse fluid structure interaction in model reconstructions of the human upper airway.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Agisilaos Kourmatzis

Research Location

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

Flows in the human upper airway can transition from laminar to turbulent, and it currently remains unknown how such changes, combined with dynamic movement of the airway wall, influence the delivery of aerosols for treatment of lung disease. In the presence of droplets or particles, delivered for the purpose of treatment, these flows become even more complex. The PhD student will develop upper airway model replicas and examine the fundamental interactions between turbulence, droplet concentration and wall movement under physiologically relevant conditions.

Additional Information

This project is open to both domestic and international PhD students.  International students who do not have funding from their home country will be required to apply for a living allowance and tuition fee scholarships such as IPRS. Such scholarships are very competitive and a successful applicant would normally be within the top 5% of their graduating class. Correspondence with the supervisor should give evidence of these credentials.

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Keywords

fluid dynamics, turbulence, biomedical flows

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2284

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