University of Melbourne - CSIRO PhD Studentship (x2)

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Successful candidates will be enrolled in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Melbourne, and co-hosted by CSIRO at its Waurn Ponds site in Geelong.

Two positions are available for students interested in PhD studies at The University of Melbourne in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) based in Geelong. The selected candidates will work in a multidisciplinary team on a project titled ``Robotic additive manufacturing of 3D fibre-reinforced composite structures’’, and will have access to laboratory facilities in both CSIRO and The University of Melbourne, with unique opportunities for collaboration and development of innovative ideas and skills.

Additive manufacturing (AM), popularly known as 3D printing, is a process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, line-by-line and layer-by-layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methods used in traditional machining. Despite enormous progresses made in recent years, the mechanical performance of current 3D-printed composite parts is still very poor in comparison with parts made from conventional 3D textile preforms. This project addresses the fundamental shortcomings of current 3D-printing technology by developing innovative strategies for manufacturing high-performance fibre-reinforced composite parts. The objective is to greatly expand the opportunity for 3D-printing technology so that the fibre and polymer properties can be utilised to their maxima while retaining the inherent benefits of additive manufacturing.

The students will work with a postdoctoral fellow on the project and supervisors in CSIRO and The University of Melbourne, including construction of prototype robotic additive manufacturing systems, design and optimisation of 3D composite parts, fibre path planning, sensing, actuation and advanced control strategies.

Pre-Requisites/Eligibility

To be eligible to apply you must be able to meet University of Melbourne admission criteria: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/how-to-apply/graduate-research

Position 1: Control strategies for robot-assisted additive manufacturing of 3D fibre-reinforced composites.
 
Requirements:  Applicants need to have academic qualifications in either Electrical Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering.  A good fundamental knowledge of control theory is needed.  Some experience of implementation of control algorithms in real robotic systems is preferred.
 
Essential attributes:

  • Experience of fundamental knowledge of feedback control systems
  • Competent in data analysis and basic statistics
  • Experience of sensors and actuators for given specifications
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
  • Good time management

Desirable attributes:

  • Experience with LaTeX, LabVIEW and ROS

 
Position 2: Design and numerical modelling of 3D fibre-reinforced composite structures
 
Requirements:  Applicants need to have academic qualifications in mechanical engineering, materials science, or applied physics.  Good fundamental knowledge of mechanics and finite element analysis is needed.  Some experience of numerical modelling is preferred.
 
Essential attributes:

  • Knowledge of geometrical and mechanical modelling.
  • Knowledge of fibre-reinforced composite material structures and engineering
  • Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good time management

Desirable attributes:

  • Experience with engineering simulation software, such as ANSYS, ABAQUS, and etc

Location: Geelong, VIC
Scholarship: AUD 30,600 per year living allowance for up to 3.5 years, please see details at:  https://scholarships.unimelb.edu.au/awards/graduate-research-scholarships

Reference: 64806

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are invited to email Dr Menghe Miao (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Prof Ying Tan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

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Applications close:  Tuesday, 11 February, 2020.


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