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Wear of materials subjected to granular blasts

   School of Civil Engineering

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  Dr Pierre Rognon, Dr Gwenaelle PROUST  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Wind turbines, solar panels, planes and cars are subjected to countless high velocity impacts from solid particles transported in the air. These impacts gradually cause wear. Consequences range from increased drag forces, sub-optimum light reflection and structural failure.

The purpose of this PhD is to identify the key factors controlling wear induced by these granular bast. To this aim, the research will hinge on controlled laboratory experiments involving blasting selected granular materials onto polymer or metal surfaces and measuring the resulting wear. Effect of particle speed, size, shape and density will be of interest. The resulting wear will be characterised by imaging and micro-imaging of the surface to measure and model their gradual degradation.

Skills relevant to this project include knowledge in physics, mechanics and materials sciences, ability to design and conduct laboratory experiments, familiarity with programming language matlab or python.

While you'll be expeteced to lead this project, you will have the opportunity to work with a vibrant team of researchers including several PhD students and academics from the school of civil engineering and the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at USyd.

We would like to hear from you if this topic is of interest and fits your profile - please send us your CV and a cover letter outlining your motivations.

The PhD stipend is $35k AUD/year. You may be given he opportunity to engage with additional paid teaching activities.

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