Research project opportunities

Call for new PhD candidates

We are currently recruiting exceptional PhD candidates to perform cutting edge research in the field of Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) technology through the following research projects.

Successful candidates will be eligible for a scholarship of $31,298 per annum under the Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) scheme of Australian Research Council (ARC).

There will be scope for additional top-up amounting from $5,000-$10,000. The candidates will be provided with an industrial placement of 12 months during their research candidature.

Potential candidates who wish to know more about the advertised positions please contact Prof. Gangadhara Prusty, AMAC Centre Director, g.prusty@unsw.edu.au

Selection of successful candidates will be completed by mid-August 2017, so please do contact us ASAP.

Potential projects and description

There has been a tremendous growth of utilizing Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) to manufacture highly precise components and large structures like fuselage panels and wing skins for high-end applications in aircraft and next generation of space vehicles. This additive manufacturing technology is gaining popularity due to its fast rate of material deposition, repeatability, ability to produce parts with complex geometry and reduction of material waste.

Hybrid deterministic/stochastic failure models for AFP composites

The PhD candidate will perform cutting edge research in developing hybrid deterministic/stochastic failure models for AFP composites. This will involve conducting in-depth studies to determine the underlying deformation and failure mechanisms in AFP composites. Proposing and developing physically based constitutive/damage equations. Establish appropriate numerical schemes to solve the governing equations and implementing the scheme in commercially available finite element codes.

The Ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

  • you have a strong motivation for (and preferably a history of) conducting scientific research and working with complex questions;
  • you possess structured and creative problem-solving abilities;
  • you possess strong analytical and technical skills and take responsibility for the development of your work;
  • you can work independently as well as in team;
  • you have excellent English communication skills (written and presentation);
  • knowledge of fibre reinforced polymer composites is an advantage;
  • experience with computational mechanics is a prerequisite;
  • experience with programming in Python or Matlab is a clear advantage;
  • experience with experimental work is an advantage;

 Selective stiffness modification and performance prediction for composite components

The PhD candidate will perform cutting edge research in selective stiffness modification and performance prediction of AFP.  This entails the development of tools and technology to identify risks in the manufacturing process; locate likely defect locations; predict the as-manufactured properties; and predict the stiffness and strength of manufactured components.

The Ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

  • you have a strong motivation for (and preferably a history of) conducting scientific research and working with complex questions;
  • you possess structured and creative problem-solving abilities;
  • you possess strong analytical and technical skills and take responsibility for the development of your work;
  • you can work independently as well as in team;
  • you have excellent English communication skills (written and presentation);
  • knowledge of fibre reinforced polymer composites is an advantage;
  • experience with computational mechanics is an advantage;
  • experience with experimental work is an advantage;

Robust composite design of thin-walled AFP composites

The PhD candidate will perform cutting edge research in developing a design tool for robust thin-walled AFP composites. This will involve developing and validating a systematic approach taken to the design process.

The Ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

  • you have a strong motivation for (and preferably a history of) conducting scientific research and working with complex questions;
  • you possess structured and creative problem-solving abilities;
  • you possess strong analytical and technical skills and take responsibility for the development of your work;
  • you can work independently as well as in team;
  • you have excellent English communication skills (written and presentation);
  • knowledge of fibre reinforced polymer composites is an advantage;
  • experience with experimental work is an advantage;

Stiffening regimes for maximum damage/impact resistance

The PhD candidate will perform cutting edge research in identifying and developing stiffening regimes to improve the damage/impact resistance in composite structures. A numerical and experimental methodology will be developed and implemented in addition to experimental testing of composite structures under crush and impact loading conditions.

The Ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

  • you have a strong motivation for (and preferably a history of) conducting scientific research and working with complex questions;
  • you possess structured and creative problem-solving abilities;
  • you possess strong analytical and technical skills and take responsibility for the development of your work;
  • you can work independently as well as in team;
  • you have excellent English communication skills (written and presentation);
  • knowledge of fibre reinforced polymer composites is an advantage;
  • experience with experimental work is an advantage;

Rapid minimum-damage automated machining of composites

The PhD candidate will perform cutting edge research in rapid minimum-damage automated machining of composites. This will include developing methods/processes that give high material removal rates while maintaining acceptable tolerances and ensuring a good surface finish with minimal damage to the surrounding areas of the machined part. 

The Ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

  • you have a strong motivation for (and preferably a history of) conducting scientific research and working with complex questions;
  • you possess structured and creative problem-solving abilities;
  • you possess strong analytical and technical skills and take responsibility for the development of your work;
  • you can work independently as well as in team;
  • you have excellent English communication skills (written and presentation);
  • knowledge of fibre reinforced polymer composites is an advantage;
  • experience with experimental work is an advantage;

Composites repair and rework

The PhD candidate will perform cutting edge research together with AMAC industry partners in understanding the effect of rework and repair on composite structures and determine methods of overcoming related issues that occur in service. The outcome of this research will be the development of high integrity rework procedures, repair procedures and manufacturing fabrication procedures that give the industry partners additional versatility in their operations.

The Ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

  • you have a strong motivation for (and preferably a history of) conducting scientific research and working with complex questions;
  • you possess structured and creative problem-solving abilities;
  • you possess strong analytical and technical skills and take responsibility for the development of your work;
  • you can work independently as well as in team;
  • you have excellent English communication skills (written and presentation);
  • knowledge of fibre reinforced polymer composites is an advantage;
  • experience with experimental work is an advantage;