Simulation of micro heat sinks

Lattice Boltzmann simulation of micro heat sinks with nanofluids

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Micro heat sinks play an important role for cooling process of many different microelectronic devices including and not limited to computers, mobile phones, robotics, micro solar cell, autonomous vehicles and electrical cars. One of the approaches which have been introduced to improve the performance of heat sinks is adding nanofluids (a carrier fluid and a small volumetric fraction of nanoparticles that enhances heat transfer considerably).

The main aim of this project is to develop a mathematical model and numerical method using the Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) for studying micro heat sinks with different configurations of micro pin fins and various kinds of nanofluids. LBM is a powerful mesoscopic numerical method for simulation of complex fluid flows.

To study and simulate this problem a basic knowledge of heat and mass transfer, nanofluid, porous media, rheology, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and LBM is required.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Gholamreza Kefayati


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Gholamreza Kefayati to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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