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Development of structural walling system using interlockable dry stack concrete blocks

Structural/ non-structural walls add significantly to construction cost and time; one of the main contributors to this is the need for highly skilled masons whose number is on the decline. This situation adds to the woes of housing affordability particularly to the younger generation in Australia. With a view to addressing this problem, Adbri Masonry has developed an interlocking dry stackable hollow concrete blocks and obtained international patent. These blocks can be used as lego blocks by semi/unskilled labour for …

Study level
PhD, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Understanding and exploiting the phenomenal properties of collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and, as one of its principal building blocks, plays a dominant role in the function of many tissues. As such, the structure-property-function relationships in collagen are central to understanding health and disease, and developing materials-based strategies for regenerative medicine. A better understanding of these relationships further provides a biomimetic target for high-performance, multifunctional fibre-based materials in applications outside of biomedicine. The defining feature of collagen is an elegant structural motif …

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

Structural behaviour of masonry elements

There are a variety of areas related to structural masonry that require further research. The scope includes strengthening of the existing buildings including their walls, floors, and roofs for loads that were not considered in their original design. The research scope also includes new masonry construction, where structural forms are studied for their efficiency. The exact area of study will be determined in the discussions that are made with the supervisor.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Geometric characterisation of pre-1940 masonry buildings in Brisbane

This project is to characterize Brisbane masonry building details that are associated with the greatest potential earthquake risk. It will be done through online and street surveys including photographic survey and further desktop study. …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Spider silk: structure, mechanics and synthesis

Spider silks possess a range of qualities that are rarely found simultaneously in one material, and it is no surprise that an enormous effort has been made to replicate or learn from them.Toughness, extensibility and strength are only a few of the desirable traits that make spider silk of such interest. Silk is biodegradable and, unlike synthetic high-performance fibres such as Kevlar, it is extremely lightweight.A further advantage lies in its processing conditions and requirements. Whereas production of Kevlar and …

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

Optimising portfolios of management for the Great Barrier Reef

This project will involve adapting Modern Portfolio Theory to develop optimal management approaches to sustain the Great Barrier Reef. Modern Portfolio Theory is an integer programming approach that allocates resources in risky scenarios where investment options are correlated. It can accommodate significant and unavoidable uncertainties, stochasticity, and correlations between options. A diversified portfolio is less volatile than the sum of its parts, and therefore in order to ensure environmental benefits in the future we should invest in a diversity of …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Structural bushfire performance of lightweight and fire resistant wall panels

This project will investigate the structural bushfire performance of lightweight and fire-resistant, cement-based blocks and wall panels. It includes axial compression tests and fire resistance tests of individual blocks currently available in the industry. The performance will be summarized based on the raw materials and the mix proportion of the blocks. …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Displacement behaviour of FRP-retrofitted concrete and masonry structures

This project has been defined for a vacation research student who is interested in earthquake-strengthening studies.A large number of older low ductile reinforced concrete and/or masonry buildings exist in Brisbane City and Australia. These types of buildings have a demonstrated poor performance in earthquakes. One way to strengthen the buildings is the use of Fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP). Although a lot of research has been conducted in this area, they mostly focus on a strength criteria. This study has been proposed …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Optimisation of nanostructured features for enhanced antibacterial response

Inspired from the insect wing nanostructures, we have fabricated several surfaces that have efficiently killed bacterial cells. However, small changes in nanoscale features immensely affects the bacterial killing rate. There is a need to optimise certain parameters in the fabrication step such that an enhanced bacterial killing rate is achieved.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Optimisation of nanostructured features for antimicrobial activity

Inspired from the insect wing nanostructures, we have fabricated several surfaces that have efficiently killed bacterial cells.However, some smart changes in nanoscale features immensely affect the bacterial killing rate.There is a need to optimise certain parameters in the fabrication step to enhance the bacterial killing rate.

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Accounting for infrastructure and cost-benefit analysis in the assessment of major projects

Infrastructure is vital to improving Australia's living standards and productivity, and accounting plays a key role in how we plan and pay for these projects. The Australian Infrastructure Audit has outlined a new, strategic approach to assessing our nation's infrastructure needs and has highlighted that improvements are needed in infrastructure project appraisal, selection and reporting of cost/benefit analysis. This topic brings together theory and practices from accounting, finance and economics to examine these events in more detail and answer the …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Blockchain's application to infrastructure funding

While Blockchain's application as a cryptocurrency is relatively well-known, its application to broader business applications is often misunderstood or underestimated. As an "incorruptible digital ledger of ... transactions that can be programmed to record ... virtually anything of value" (Tapscott & Tapscott, 2016), this technology holds the potential to radically simplify how business opportunities are funded and controlled. This research seeks to understand how the block chain may be used to improve infrastructure funding and control by developing a model …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

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