Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology

PHD position- Dynamic Liquid – Solid Flows in Blast Furnace operation


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PHD position- Dynamic Liquid – Solid Flows in Blast Furnace operation



Irène Curie Fellowship



Chemical Engineering and Chemistry



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Job description

The conditions in the hearth of the blast furnace are largely unknown but have a significant influence on the process and largely determine the lifetime of the hearth refractory bricks. Relining involves stopping the furnace for weeks; it requires large capital investment and results in production losses. The dynamics in the hearth involve the tapping cycle, the charge rate and control of particle size and dissolution and refreshment of the cokes all influence the liquid iron flow patterns which cause the wear of the furnace lining. However, our understanding of the relation of these different aspects and prevalent time scales is currently limiting our capabilities to control the hearth lining wear.

The aim of this project is to assess the importance of these timescales and their effects on the wear of the lining of the hearth, using dedicated experiments for validation and simulations at the scale of the blast furnace.

This project is a collaboration between Tata Steel Europe and the Multiscale Modelling of Multiphase Flows research group at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Multi-scale modelling of multiphase flows

Over the years the research group Multi-scale Modelling of Multiphase Flows has made key contributions to the fundamentals of chemical reaction engineering. Using highly advanced computer simulations we develop accurate models for multiphase chemical reactors used in the industry for the large scale production of synthetic fuels, fertilizers, detergents, polymers and numerous other products. In addition sophisticated non-invasive monitoring techniques are employed for the detailed validation of computational models. Multi-scale Modelling of Multi-phase Flows (tue.nl)

Job requirements
  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in chemical engineering.
  • Experience in modelling of transport phenomena and catalysis.
  • A research-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and interested in collaborating with industrial partners.
  • Motivated to develop your teaching skills and coach students.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (C1 level).
  • Conditions of employment

    We offer a challenging job for four years in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious University. You will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together.

    The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world and part of the European technology hotspot ‘Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists!

    We offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self- aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.
  • Information and application

    Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands- on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.

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    For more detailed information about this vacancy you can contact dr.ir. Kay Buist, [email protected].

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    We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

    Job details


    PHD position- Dynamic Liquid – Solid Flows in Blast Furnace operation


    Eindhoven University of Technology




    February 09, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 30, 2024

    Job type