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Position: Master Thesis “Phase transition behavior of solid/liquid phase change material in thermal energy storages”
Institution: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Location: Wien, Austria
Duties: As part of our multidisciplinary team, you will participate in an applied research project aiming at the optimization of compact lab-scale storage prototypes for high power applications with high heat transfer rates; You will help us in generating experimental data for commercially available paraffins as PCM’s which show a characteristic non-ideal solid/liquid phase transition behavior, e.g. non-isothermal melting/solidification, supercooling, or two-step transition; You will systematically analyze heat transfer phenomena during interrupted phase change, which is highly relevant for assessing the storage performance for operation with partial charging and discharging; Depending on your personal interest and experience, your activities may be directed either to the planning, execution and analysis of fully automated lab-experiments, or to the extension and implementation of numeric models for heat transfer with phase change towards a more realistic prediction of non-isothermal phase change phenomena
Requirements: Ongoing master’s studies in the field of chemical or energy or control systems engineering, mechanics, mechatronics, physics, applied mathematics or similar; Good knowledge in practical lab work and/or numerical modeling with differential equations, optional Computational Fluid Dynamics software; Enjoyment of application-oriented questions of industry; High level of commitment and team spirit; Good knowledge of English or German in word and writing
   
Text: We are Austria’s largest research and technology organisation and an international player in applied research for innovative infrastructure solutions. This makes us a powerful development partner for industry and a top employer in the scientific community. Our Center for Energy in Vienna invites applications for a: Master Thesis “Phase transition behavior of solid/liquid phase change material in thermal energy storages” - Sustainable Thermal Energy Systems - Latent heat thermal energy storages using solid/liquid phase change materials (PCM’s) have characteristic high energy densities and the advantage of the ideally isothermal nature of the storage process (melting/ solidification). The experimental characterization under realistic use case scenarios generates valuable information on storage capacity, heat transfer performance, and techno-economic viability. Our team develops optimized storage prototypes for domestic heating and cooling applications together with industrial partners. As part of our multidisciplinary team, you will participate in an applied research project aiming at the optimization of compact lab-scale storage prototypes for high power applications with high heat transfer rates. You will help us in generating experimental data for commercially available paraffins as PCM’s which show a characteristic non-ideal solid/liquid phase transition behavior, e.g. non-isothermal melting/solidification, supercooling, or two-step transition. You will systematically analyze heat transfer phenomena during interrupted phase change, which is highly relevant for assessing the storage performance for operation with partial charging and discharging. Depending on your personal interest and experience, your activities may be directed either to the planning, execution and analysis of fully automated lab-experiments, or to the extension and implementation of numeric models for heat transfer with phase change towards a more realistic prediction of non-isothermal phase change phenomena. Your contribution will lead to an increased understanding of how the PCM’s phase transition behavior affects the optimal storage design. You will gain insight into the applied research working environment, you will share views with our scientists and will get to know new processes and technological developments. You will gain experience in an international group of scientists and build up your professional network. Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner* : Ongoing master’s studies in the field of chemical or energy or control systems engineering, mechanics, mechatronics, physics, applied mathematics or similar Good knowledge in practical lab work and/or numerical modeling with differential equations, optional Computational Fluid Dynamics software Enjoyment of application-oriented questions of industry High level of commitment and team spirit Good knowledge of English or German in word and writing What to expect: EUR 803,- gross per month for 20 hours/week based on the collective agreement. There will be additional company benefits. You will be part of our international Young AIT network. As a research institution, we are familiar with the supervision and execution of master theses and we are looking forward to supporting you accordingly. At AIT, the promotion of women is important to us - that's why we are especially looking forward to applications from female students! Please submit your application documents including CV, motivational letter and certificates online. For further information please contact: Dr. Tilman Barz, tilman.barz(at)ait.ac.at Tomorrow Today - with You? Apply now! Apply online now Back to job listing Print × Close Interested? Drag your CV here or upload it to create a new profile. Upload your CV ;
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