Dr Jason Monty

Fluid Mechanics Research
The University of Melbourne

Monty has an active research group with PhD students investigating high Reynolds number turbulent boundary layers, pipe and channel flows, ocean wave turbulence and cycling aerodynamics.

In 2014/15 Monty is looking for new PhD students to work on a number of large-scale experimental fluid mechanics problems. These include:

  1. Air-sea interactions. In March 2014, we will commission the new Extreme Air-Sea Interaction facility in the Michell Hydrodynamics Laboratory. This facility is the largest and highest quality of its kind in the world. It is designed to simulate the ocean with air blowing over a tank of water at speeds of up to 40 m/s. The water tank has dimensions of 60 x 2 x 2 m and the air flows over approximately 40 metres of water. A variety of projects are anticipated: studying the turbulent flow fields in the air and water; measuring gas transport from the water to the air; measuring evaporation rates; and analysing the influence of the air flow on wind-generated and mechanically generated waves.
  2. Sea-Ice-Wave interactions. A unique ice-wave interaction facility is under construction, consisting of a large refrigeration room capable of reaching temperatures of -10 C and housing a 15 m long wave tank with ice grown or placed on the water surface. The aim is to simulate the complex Marginal Ice Zone of the polar regions on earth. Projects include the analysis of ice break-up and movement, wave field response to ice and turbulence generated in the water by the ice-wave interactions.
  3. Developing Turbulent Boundary Layers. A PhD student (J. H. Lee) has developed a large-scale towed plate for studying developing boundary layers. High-speed PIV is available for this facility. An example of the possibilities is demonstrated on Youtube (search "youtube boundary layer melbourne" on google). J. H. Lee is due to complete his PhD in 2014, leaving an opening for a student to use this facility. Projects include investigation of the developing boundary layer over rough-wall surfaces and over smooth walls when a variety of flow control features are implemented.
  4. Polymer Drag Reduction. A new high-speed water channel has been built in the Michell Hydrodynamics Laboratory by Professor Joe Klewicki. Professor Klewicki and Dr Monty are looking for PhD students to conduct experiments into the effect of polymers on turbulence. Polymer addition is one of the most effective drag reduction techniques available and it is commonly used in oil transport to create significant gains in pumping oil over large distances. However, there remain many unanswered questions regarding the behaviour of polymer infused flows. This is particularly relevant to shipping and naval applications, where the technology is yet to be implemented due to poor performance at high Reynolds number.
  5. Blood flow through stented arteries (collaboration with Medtronic). A new facility is under construction to simulate arterial flow. This facility will include a high speed PIV system to measure the chaotic flow patterns formed during the cardiac cycle. Real patient data will be used to produce true arterial geometries using 3D printing and casting techniques. Using this facility, we wish to investigate different stent geometries and the modifications to the flow when stents are malapposed. Comparisons will be made with concurrent computational simulations and there exists a possibility to combine both experiments and computational simulations in one PhD project under the joint supervision of Professor Andrew Ooi.

There are many other ideas for PhD projects, so please contact me if you are interested in applying or discussing potential projects further. Please note the entry requirements for study at the University of Melbourne that can be found at our future students website

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