The Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) offers the following Post-doc (PD) position
Development of digital twins for industrial heat pumps
at Energy Technology & Fluid Dynamics (ETFD), Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Industry is facing huge challenges to realize the transition to a nearly CO2-neutral industry in 2050. Integration of industrial heat pumps that upgrade waste heat to process heat is one of an array of potential solutions to enable this. Compression heat-pump technology has been developed to such a level that market introduction for heating purposes is possible in the near future. However, two main challenges hamper this market introduction. First, industrial heat-pump technology has not yet reached the status of proven technology for end-users. Know-how is lacking with respect to its integration into industrial processes and its performance under industrial conditions. Second, current industrial heat pumps are mainly developed for refrigeration purposes instead of heating purposes. This leads to uncertainty at heat-pump manufacturers regarding the purpose for which to develop heat pumps (i.e. refrigeration or heating) and the corresponding expertise and know-how.
The 2-year PD project at ETFD is part of a larger-scale research project that seeks to facilitate the above market introduction by the development of industrial heat-pump technology for heating purposes to the end-user level. The main goal of the PD project is the development of digital twins for prototype heat pumps developed at the Dutch national laboratories (TNO) in order to enable their integration into industrial processes. This involves realizing the following subgoals:
Recent or impending PhD-degree in Mechanical Engineering or Applied Physics on a multi-disciplinary topic on the interface between thermal systems involving fluid flow and dynamic behaviour and control of such systems. Essential are proven experience with:
About Energy Technology & Fluid Dynamics (ETFD)
The mission of ETFD (www.energy.tue.nl) is to advance heat & flow technologies for energy and high-tech applications. This encompasses research and development of new methods and tools (science), improving applied systems (technology), exchanging knowledge with our societal partners (valorization) and teaching & inspiring future generations of engineers (education).
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact dr.ir. M.F.M Speetjens, m.f.m.speetjens[at]tue.nl or
prof.dr.ir. D.M.J. Smeulders, d.m.j.smeulders[at]tue.nl.
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