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The Applied Thermofluid Process Modelling (ATProM) Research Unit based in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is in active collaboration with Stellenbosch University (SU) and John Thompson Boilers to advance modelling tools for various types of boilers.

Hydrogen energy is a very active research area globally. Hydrogen or hydrogen-based fuel like ammonia gas has the potential to be an alternative, clean(er) energy source with a range of applications including mobility, process heat and power generation. As part of the ongoing collaboration, this research project will develop a 1D, system level process model of an industrial boiler fuelled by ammonia gas. The model will be used for system level engineering analysis of ammonia fired boilers when used as a main fuel source or when co-firing ammonia with other fuels.


  • Undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or chemical engineering.
  • Average GPA greater than 65%, with emphasis on grades in Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer.
  • Willing to undertake full time studies for two years on campus.
  • Funding is available, however application to NRF funding (SA students) or alternative funding is a pre- requisite.


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Please complete the application form below by 31 August 2023.

The project start date is January/February 2024, but alternative dates can be negotiated. To apply please click