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Analysis of weather and electricity prices for solar thermal power applications

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that utilises mirrors (heliostats) to focuses the sun’s rays on a solar receiver to provide heat that can be stored and used for electricity generation.Control and planning of the use of stored energy would greatly benefit from a detailed understanding of the statistical characteristics of:direct solar irradiation (DNI)other weather variables (e.g. dust in air)electricity prices on the real-time market.The aim of this project will be to develop suitable statistical models that will enable …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Developing models of failure for porous materials

The field of fracture mechanics effectively models failure of sharp flaws (e.g., cracks). However, when modelling porous materials we'd like to develop more of an understanding of how stresses are concentrated around smooth flaws in the material (i.e., rounded pores).In this project we'll start to build such an understanding, starting from simple U shaped notches.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Recreating porous geometries from micro CT scan data

The aim of this research is to determine the virtual morphology of a heterogeneous porous medium from a micro computed tomography (micro-CT) scanner dataset.We'll use the 3D imaging facilities at QUT's Institute of Future Environments (IFE) for data capture.

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)

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