HDR Scholarship - Hydrogen-in-Mix and Flameless Oxidation Technology for Power Generation and Process Applications

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A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'HDR Scholarship - Hydrogen-in-Mix and Flameless Oxidation Technology for Power Generation and Process Applications'.

Project Supervisor

School OR Institute


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

Improving thermal efficiency, reducing GHG & hazardous emissions, and increasing materials durability in industrial kilns, calciners, furnaces and gas turbines (GT) are critical requirements for sustainability of the transport, power generation, and process sectors. There is an inherent, yet complex, inter-dependency between the requirements for thermal efficiency, durability, and emissions, making it scientifically and technologically a challenging endeavour. Achieving these requirements necessitate a fundamental understanding of the physics of flow, chemistry, multiphase flow dynamics, and thermal radiation phenomena. A deeper understanding of the complex reactive and radiative physics of hydrogen-in-mix burners for industrial applications, is particularly challenging.

This project will be utilising advanced CFD modelling tools to predict the flow, temperature, species, radiation, and emission characteristics of industrial power and heat systems. More specifically, the focus will be on utilising numerical models for investigating and designing hydrogen-in-mix burners for high-temperature processes (HTP), and flameless oxidation systems for GT engines. This project will involve both fundamental and applied research - first, to gain an understanding of the physico-chemical mechanisms involved in the integration of hydrogen into existing industrial burners, and into flameless oxidation processes.  Second, to apply this knowledge in the design of practical burners for HTP systems and GT engines.

This is an exciting challenge that suits an ambitious, curiosity-driven researcher that is seeking to work at the leading edge of energy technology.

Research partners

The research involves collaboration with Prof. Y. Levy’s research team at the Turbo & Jet Engine Laboratory at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The Technion’s team will be supporting the research through their experimental testing and evaluation facilities, which will be used for validating the numerical models for the flameless oxidation GT engine.

You will also be interacting with researchers and engineers from FCT Combustion, a world-leading combustion engineering and equipment house based in Adelaide, South Australia, and with subsidiary companies in the United States, Germany and Turkey. The company specialises in developing, designing, manufacturing and commissioning advanced industrial multi-fuel burner systems for high-temperature process industries, including kiln and calciner burner systems for cement, lime, iron ore pellet, refractory and various other mineral processing applications.  The company is also recognised internationally as the leader in design, delivery and operation of spectacular flame effects (cauldrons and touches) for global events such as the Olympic Games, Pan-American Games, Asian Games, European Games and other major World Class Sporting Events over the past 15 years.

Project aim

The aims of this project are:

  • To develop and validate numerical models of flameless oxidation in GT engines
  • To investigate the effect of hydrogen as an additive to fuel mixtures on the thermal performance, radiative, and emission characteristics of industrial burners for HTP applications and potentially for flameless oxidation GT engines.
  • To apply the acquired knowledge in designing practical hydrogen-in-mix burners for the HTP and the power generation sectors.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Applications must have a Degree qualification in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related technical discipline.
  • Applicants must be familiar with turbulence, chemical kinetics, and thermal radiation phenomena. You must have a background or past research experience in one or more of the following fields; thermal-fluids, aerodynamics, combustion science, thermal radiation.
  • Applicants should also provide details of capability or aptitude in numerical analysis.  Ideal applicants must demonstrate proficiency in CAD and the CFD software package ANSYS FLUENT.  Experience with HTP industry and/or burner design is highly desirable.

How to apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply directly to A/Prof. Farid Christo via email. Please include a current CV, and a short statement (2 pages maximum) about your research background and interest. Only suitable applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

A/Prof. Farid Christo
Associate Professor in Mechanical/Manufacturing
Email Farid Christo
+61 3 522 73108/ 0415449534