Available student project - Computer simulation of expanding plasmas

Research fields

  • Engineering in Physics
  • Plasma Applications and Technology

Project details

Modern computer codes for fluid behaviour in spaces defined by Finite Elements are surprisingly useful and effective, even on laptops. There are now plasma modules that can be used for simulating plasma generation in flowing gases typical of that in thruster nozzles. The basic science of isentropic flow up to “the cone of silence” can be studied along with the effect of the plasma heating changing the local sound speed. This is an active research area that would open employment opportunities in physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. 

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours or MSc project
  • Phd or MPhil

Contact supervisor

Boswell, Roderick profile

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