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Solar thermal power materials testing and analysis

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.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Understanding the hydrodynamics of foam fractionation for removing surface active contaminants from water

Foam fractionation is used in water treatment to remove surface active contaminants.This process involves bubbling a gas through a fluid. As the bubble moves through the fluid particles and molecules that are hydrophobic in nature attach to the surface and are transported upwards. These particles and molecules are then removed in the foamate.The operation of foam fractionation processes depends on a number of different factors including:gas flowrateliquid flowratebubble sizesurface tension.The hydrodynamics of foam fractionation processes are not completely understood. Because …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Digital twin of a lab-scale renewable hydrogen facility

Both a laboratory-scale renewable hydrogen facility and a digital twin, also known as a digital replica, are being developed at QUT's Gardens Point campus.The laboratory-scale facility interconnects low-power renewable energy sources to supply a set of electrolysers and produce hydrogen as a 'green fuel'.The facility's digital twin will use real-time data and analytical dynamic models to optimise the operation of the plant, including the production of hydrogen.The proposed project aims to evaluate a range of software systems that will enable …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Investigating the feasibility of a fluidised bed crystalliser for freeze desalination of wastewaters

Freeze desalination involves the cooling of water to sub-zero temperatures to form ice-crystals which exclude impurities from the crystal lattice.The process itself is considered to be more energy efficient than evaporative desalination due to the lower latent heat of fusion when compared to the latent heat of vaporisation.However, fouling due to ice crystal build-up on the cooling-surface of the crystalliser has hindered the commercial development and application of these technologies.One potential option for reducing fouling is in a fluidised bed …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Bio-nano technology for immune defence

A fully-functioning immune system is essential to maintain good health, though such a system deteriorates with advancing age, contributing to increased susceptibility to infection, autoimmunity, and cancer.Relatively little research has been conducted on the impact of ageing on the innate immune response, which plays a crucial role in protecting against infection and represents a first line of defence. Macrophages are central effector cells of the innate immune system and have many diverse functions. This means age-related impairments in macrophage function …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

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
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Degradation modelling & maintenance planning for biomass boilers

Biomass boilers are critical for the generation of steam for industrial use and power generation. However, these boilers degrade over time and failure result in costly forced shutdowns.The aim of this project is to develop and validate new models to describe key degradation mechanisms (erosion, corrosion, etc.). We'll then use these models to develop new inspection, maintenance, and renewal plans.The project will make use of real operational data to develop both physical and stochastic process models to describe future failure …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Industrial water treatment

Our research group has a strong focus on solving problems related to water treatment.Research topics in this area include, but are not limited to:coal seam gasshale oil and gasmunicipal wastewateracid mine drainagemining waterfood and beverage manufacturingagriculturedesalinationammonia and phosphate nutrient recoverymetal recovery.The majority of projects involve collaboration with industry. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Comparison of output from collocated solar systems of different technology

Solar panel efficiency is calculated using standardised testing conditions, allowing like-for-like comparison of systems under the same conditions. However, data collected over a three year period from two collocated solar systems of different technologies are showing unexpected results. The most efficient system's yearly output is comparatively lower. Initial data analysis explains some differences from the operational conditions, but further investigation is required.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Waste to wealth

This project relates to the conversion of waste products from the mining industry into useful products.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Water treatment for beef industry

Poor quality water can reduce productivity in the northern beef industry by up to 25%, which reduces the long-term economic sustainability of the industry.QUT has a long history of developing and deploying water treatment technologies at-scale and is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic student to adapt existing technologies or develop new technologies for the beef industry.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Patient specific modelling of the human shoulder joint complex

Modern advanced manufacturing techniques have the potential to revolutionise the patient-specific orthopaedic implant space. Many of the existing orthopaedic joint replacements offer a modular design, allowing surgeons to select the size of each component to suit their patient.However in some joints, for example the shoulder, the conditions that lead to a shoulder replacement (osteoarthritis of the shoulder and rotator cuff tears) also create anatomical anomalies that are challenging to correct with generic implant shapes.The advent of titanium 3D printing provides …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

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