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PhD Scholarships (Thermoset Composites Manufacturing)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Xuesen Zeng
    Prof P Schubel
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

USQ has recently been awarded AU$3M CRC-P grant to develop next generation composite pultrusion technology with industrial partners Wagners CFT and Allnex. The programme focuses on holistic engineering approach to optimise the existing composite pultrusion process for increased productivity and development of novel value-added products such as, fire retardant civil structures to be used in rail and pedestrian bridge, as well as emerging oil & gas and transport industry.

The project will sponsor multiple full PHD scholarships in the following research topics:
• Developing novel resin with low shrinkage additive, fire retardant, and nano fillers for multifunctionality, with disposal dieletric DEA sensors for pultrusion resin cure monitoring.
• Pultrusion resin injection moulding process design and modelling, flow visualization and permeability
• Braiding pultrusion fibre architecture optimisation and post processing

About us
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a dynamic regional University committed to developing research solutions that deliver a global impact. With a vision to be a leading discovery partner in priority research areas, USQ aligns its research with regional and global agendas in agriculture and natural resource management, regional development, regional health and wellbeing, engineering, education and digital literacy.
The Centre for Future Materials (CFM) delivers world class research in the design and development of innovative materials for diverse engineering applications. With a strong focus on polymer and concrete composites, CFM drives the development of low cost, sustainable, automated production technologies, servicing the aerospace, space, defence, marine, wind energy and civil sectors. The Centre has a significant portfolio of research activity and funds from the ARC, CRC and Industry and hosts researchers who have contributed to USQ’s recent Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 rating of well above world class for Materials Engineering.

Funding Notes

3-year scholarships, with university tuition fee waiver and annual stipend AU$30,000 tax-free.

Candidate Criteria

You will have:

1. a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) at an Australian University or equivalent in materials engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronic engineering, chemical engineering or


2. a Master’s degree at an Australian University or equivalent (containing a significant research component) with a GPA of at least 5 on a 7-point scale
The scholarships are available for Australian and international students.



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