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Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Model for Geomaterials

PGR-P-290

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Thursday 1 October 2020
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Dr Xiaohui Chen
Schools
School of Civil Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

In the scientific theme of Geoenergy or Geoenvironment (e.g.nuclear waste disposal or carbon capture and storage, oil/gas industry), the biogeochemical, hydrogeological, thermal and mechanical processes in the subsurface system will be critical controls on chemicals (e.g. pollution, radionuclides transport), and thus on the environmental impact. The strong interactions between these processes have been observed in experiments, however, the permeability change and crystal process due to chemical reactions have not been adequately considered. This proposal is to develop a novel overarching and well-constrained theoretical and computational model for reactive transport coupled with permeability change, and generate new mathematical and computational modelling with the application on Geoenergy/ environment.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The earliest start date for this project is 1 October 2020.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Model for Geomaterials&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/756/Dr_Xiaohui_Chen">Dr Xiaohui Chen</a>&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>Self-Funding Students</strong></p> <p><strong>Funding Eligibility</strong></p> <p><strong>UK/EU</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of &pound;15,009 per year for 3 years.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees only.</p> <p><strong>International Students</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees for 3 years, Commonwealth PhD and Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships for Low and Middle Income countries.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees only.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">p</a><a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">hd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk,</a>&nbsp;or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057</p>


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