The CleanGas “European Joint Doctorate” Programme proposes high-level training for PhD candidates with the following main objectives:

  • developing and sharing innovative experimental diagnostic techniques;
  • creating and validating detailed chemistry mechanisms representing the combustion process;
  • proposing new turbulent combustion models;
  • enhancing high performance computing (simulations will run on Tier1 super computers);
  • encouraging team work and project oriented approach;
  • proposing innovative applications, processes and technologies for Natural Gas combustion;
  • participating in the European energy policy.

All PhD students will receive a high-level training in the aforementioned domains through their PhD work with a multi-disciplinary vision and a key training for developing professional skills. Therefore, the PhD candidates who will graduate from this program will be able to understand and respond to most of the key issues of the natural gas use in the European context.


Innovation and Excellence

The CleanGas Programme proposes an innovative approach to improve natural gas combustion in industrial processes, covering experiments and numerical simulations, including detailed chemistry and computational fluid dynamics applied to real complex geometries. This new way of addressing the European energy challenge by training candidates simultaneously in experimental and simulation techniques and in chemistry and turbulent combustion, all applied in industrial context, should add a clear value to the community.

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Scientific Programme

The doctoral program is based on the work of highly experienced research laboratories. The four Academic Partners have developed considerable experience and skills in the natural gas combustion domain. One of the originalities is to link the different teams together with four additional industrial partners in order to suggest and develop new complementary perspectives combining mathematics and physics, chemistry and fluid mechanics, computation and experiments, all these different approaches aiming at a final real scale application for industrial use by companies.

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Education Programme

As carrying out research in the 2000s will not be the same as doing research in 2020/2030, one innovative aspect of the program is to offer an extensive and prospective view of research to candidates with the goal to prepare them to become the researchers of tomorrow. The candidates’ education will not be only a scientific research program, but also instruction on how to develop their understanding of research, their own roles/responsibilities and their personal/professional abilities.

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Mobility Programme

Mobility is essential for research. Candidates will spend a first year mainly dedicated to their learning and knowledge development in one or the two co-tutelle institutions, followed by 1 or 2 semesters of intensive exchanges between the two. Then candidates will take a step back during the last semester for the synthesis of the work.



Non-academic partners

The industrial partners will help the policy of the program in relation with the needs and participate in the communication, quality assurance, training and the different events such as the Winter School. By participating in a mentoring system they will be close to the candidates. They may also provide additional human resources or funds. The T.I.M.E. association will be more focused on communication, quality assurance, event participation and possibly additional funds.

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Main outcomes of the program are skilled people, scientific and transferable knowledge. In addition a closer community and network for Natural Gas combustion will be created within the framework of T.I.M.E. and hopefully become attractive for PhD candidates and for young/senior researchers.

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Project ID: 643134

Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014

Amount: EUR 3,832,293

Content: 15 PhD Students (ESR)

Period: 48 months

Starting date: 1st January 2015

Partners: 4 academic, 3 industrial & T.I.M.E.

Countries: BE, D, F, IT

Coordinator: Politecnico di Milano (IT)

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