Convection in solid planetary interiors is controlled by both Newtonian and non-Newtonian mechanisms. While in the former the relation between stress and strain is linear, in the latter it follows a power law. Because of computational difficulties, non-Newtonian convection is almost always neglected in numerical simulations, even though it is considered as the principal deformation mechanism acting at relatively low pressures. The thesis work will involve numerical simulations of non-Newtonian convection with the goal to characterize heat transport in these complex fluids and to assess the extent to which Newtonian convection can be used to approximate a non-linear behavior.
The student will learn
We are seeking a candidate working towards Master or Diploma degree in geophysics, physics or related fields. Knowledge in fluid dynamics, heat transport mechanisms, numerical methods and Matlab programming language is helpful. You should be a motivated, self-driven, creative and focused person.
Computer laboratories for programming. Environment for personal and professional development. Continuous guidance and support.