ERC - MeltDyn - Understanding the melting dynamics in turbulent flows

Melting, dissolving, and erosion are processes that are frequently found in nature and technology. Contrary to common believe these three processes do not always smooth the surface, but rather form structures and sometimes even sharpen the surface. This leeds to the formation of e.g. ice scallops and pinnacles, for some examples of patterning and roughening. The continuously changing shape of e.g. a melting iceberg and its interaction with the external turbulence is very complicated as it involves three boundary layers: kinetic, thermal, and solutal (due to the salt concentration). The interaction between those boundary layers is highly complex and not understood. In particular, what is the effect of the surface roughness on the melting rate? The aim is to study the interaction of these boundary layers in a controlled lab environment such as to increase our understanding of these phenomena and their relevance on e.g. the melting rate of ice of icebergs and (tidal) glaciers, all important in view of global warming and precision required in technological applications.

The research position is fully funded by the European Research Council. In 2023 we will look for 1 PhD (experimental). Feel free to already send in your applicants to reserve your spot!

The assignment and the data set can be found here (7GB).

You can find the details of the opening and how to apply here.

Contact: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sander Huisman (PoF)

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Max Planck Gesellschaft
4TU Precision Medicine
Centre for Scientific Computing