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Enhancing carbon fibre production efficiency through life cycle analysis

Project Description

Automotive companies are urgently seeking to lightweight cars and are continuously exploring alternative materials to meet global emissions legislation. However, carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) are currently not cost competitive in high volume applications as the manufacture of carbon fibre requires significantly higher energy input compared to other lightweight engineering materials. Reducing the manufacturing costs and environmental impact in carbon fibre production will promote the penetration of carbon fibre into the automotive market.

The objective of this project is to improve the efficiency of carbon fibre manufacture and reduce its environmental impact by application of life cycle analysis (LCA). The carbon fibre manufacturing facilities at Carbon Nexus offer the unique opportunity of generating inventory data and in-process energy consumption that is crucial to life cycle assessment. With the opportunity to clearly indicate the composition of the energy demands from all factory subsystems, technical and organisational improvement measures for reducing energy demands for the production of carbon fibre can be derived. Consequently, by applying life cycle analysis, a more eco-efficient carbon fibre material that maintains mechanical properties can be developed.

Funding Notes

- domestic or international candidate
- meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
- be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

We consider candidates who are motivated, with an innovative mind, good oral and written communication skills who are interested in undertaking cutting edge research.

Additional desirable criteria:
- Background in materials engineering or industrial engineering or similar
- Understanding of economic measures and tools to assess production processes
- Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.

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