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Remote condition monitoring of large infrastructure using UAV-mounted laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Topic: Remote condition monitoring of large infrastructure using UAV-mounted laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV)

Laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) is now readily accepted as an alternative technology for the measurement of surface vibrations with special benefits for a wide range of applications. Inherent remote operation makes LDV of particular interest for example, for the dynamic characterisation and condition monitoring of large infrastructure. LDVs, however, make a measurement of relative vibration and, as such, any vibration of the instrument itself, especially if mounted on a vibrating platform or vehicle of some kind, therefore needs to be accounted for in order that a precise measurement is made.

This project will involve the research and development of LDV measurements from vibrating platforms including UAVs, underwater vehicles and even hand-helds. Applications of national interest include: (i) the determination of the vibration signature of friend or foe aircraft; (ii) determination of the condition or health of large plant (eg) in remote energy/chemical processing facilities; (iii) the inspection of large infrastructure such as road and rail bridges based on their vibration characteristics, and/or (iv) and the determination of blood flow profiles through the vibration of the skin from a hand-held device to assist in the monitoring of patients.

Enquiries: Dr Ben Halkon

School/Centre: School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Closing date for next intake
Australian Domestic students: 30th April 2019 (for commencement July 2019) or 30 September 2019 (for commencement January 2020)
International Candidates: 30 June 2019 (for commencement January 2020)

About the Faculty
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at UTS is a world-class faculty with a growing reputation for its quality and impact. Our research is highly advanced, industry-focused and part of the lively and rigorous research culture at UTS.

Focused on ’practical innovation’, our researchers are pioneering research solutions with real-world impact. They’re recognised leaders in their fields, responsible for delivering new, better and more cost-effective innovative solutions to current national and international challenges.

Over the last five years, the Faculty has received more than 60 Australian Research Council projects and attracted a total research funding well in excess of $30 million.

About the University
UTS is a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney. One of Australia’s leading universities of technology, UTS has a distinct model of learning, strong research performance and a leading reputation for engagement with industry and the professions.

UTS has a culturally diverse campus life and vibrant international exchange study and research programs that prepare graduates for the workplaces of today and the future.

Our world leading research centres span a range of disciplines, including physical, biological and engineering sciences, and contemporary fields such as design, nanotechnology and sustainability. Our researchers provide practical and relevant solutions to issues of national and international importance and equip graduates with the latest discipline specific skills and practices.

We also maintain strong relationships with the local community, industry, business and the professions through a wide range of partnerships, projects and events.

Funding Notes

Scholarship Available

Value: $27,082 pa (tax-exempt) – fee waivers may also be considered for international applicants
Duration: 3 yrs plus 1 x possible 6 month extension

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