Study level

Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Stuart Bell
Lecturer in Mechanics
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technology presents a number of materials based challenges.

Corrosive media, elevated temperatures and thermal transients in combination with mechanical stresses can induce various degradation mechanisms which affect the durability of plant components.

The QUT Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI) Materials group are investigating many variations of structural materials in conjunction with CSP environments to better understand these degradation mechanisms and provide materials information to the CSP community.

Research activities

This work presents interesting experimental, computational modelling and theoretical modelling opportunities in the areas of engineering, physics and chemistry. Projects will be developed based upon the group's needs and your interest.

We specialise in testing and analysis of molten salt, liquid sodium and supercritical CO2 environments in combination with high strength, high temperature structural materials.


Project outcomes are highly dependent upon the type of project undertaken.

Materials analysis, experimental proof-of-concept, and developed models are all expected as project outcomes.

Skills and experience

If you're a motivated and dynamic undergraduate science and engineering-based student, we encourage you to apply to this project.


Contact the supervisor for more information.