PhD scholarship: Advanced boiler chamber measurements in waste boilers

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A collaboration project by DTU and Babcock Wilcox Vølund is started to further develop and optimize an improved superheater concept, which can lead to increased power efficiency of waste to energy plants. By placing the superheater adequately in the furnace chamber coil corrosion can be reduce. The steam temperature can then be raised and thereby a higher power efficiency is obtained.

The PhD studies will investigate the influence of boiler operation conditions on a test superheater that will be installed on the AffaldPlus waste plant in Næstved. The project will include boiler chamber measurements, development of new advanced measuring equipment, and CFD calculations.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD project consists of research on the flow and ash behavior in a waste boiler and the influence of the boiler environment on a test superheater. Furthermore equipment used for boiler chamber measurements shall be further developed within the project.
The objectives of the PhD project are:

  • To summarize previous studies relevant for the new superheater concept with respect to ash formation and corrosion, and the status of applicable furnace chamber measuring Technologies.
  • To obtain an adequate prediction of the flows in the furnace chamber by CFD calculations and flow Measurements.
  • To obtain an understanding of fly ash formation and transformation in the vicinity of the full scale test superheater.
  • To measure the deposit formation distribution on the test super heater and measure the deposits compositions.
  • To develop the needed measuring equipment to be used for the ash and flow related boiler measurements.
  • To provide recommendations for optimal control strategies for the Steamboost technology. 
Candidates should have a master's degree in chemical engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in Engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior researcher Peter Arendt Jensen and Senior researcher Sønnik Clausen.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the World.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace will be DTU Lyngby Campus and partly DTU Risø campus near Roskilde

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior researcher Peter Arendt Jensen

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Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Please submit your online application no later than 19 March 2017. Apply online at

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here
Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The CHEC Research Centre at DTU Chemical Engineering is internationally recognised with respect to research in combustion, emission control, gasification and catalysis.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.