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Computational methods for multi-scale structural optimisation

Structural optimisation is a powerful computational methodology for finding high-performing designs for structural components or material architectures. For example, what periodic scaffold would provide the highest possible stiffness for its weight?Solving such a problem computationally requires an understanding of the relevant equations required to model the physical properties of interest, as well as efficient implementation of a range of numerical methods including finite elements, finite differences and optimisation.With recent developments in 3D printing technologies it is now possible to manufacture …

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

Water for remote communities

This project relates to the development of suitable technologies to provide clean drinking water to remote communities.Strategies may include using renewable energy to power the various techniques used.

Study level
PhD, 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

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
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Discovery and design of novel catalysts from computational chemistry

The discovery and design of novel materials as efficient catalysts are critical for the development of innovative clean energy and environmental technology. For example, hydrogen production involves hydrogen evolution and oxygen evolution reactions - oxygen reduction/evolution reactions are important in fuel cell and air battery technology, carbon dioxide reduction is related to the mitigation of carbon emission, and nitrogen fixation is linked to the fertiliser production process.In principle, the catalytic properties of a material are completely determined by its electronic …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science
Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Sustainable hydrogen production

The hydrogen economy is rapidly developing, especially in Japan and Australia.An attractive means of generating hydrogen is by splitting water using electrocatalysts.This project is focused on integration of concentrated solar photovoltaic systems with novel electrocatalysis systems with high efficiency for hydrogen production.

Study level
PhD, 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

Revolutionising high resolution water quality monitoring in the information age

Funded by the Australian Research Council through a Linkage Project titled “Revolutionising high resolution water quality monitoring in the information age”, this PhD project will see the successful applicant develop new statistical and computational methods to guide the optimal placement of sensors to monitor water quality across Queensland rivers Australia. Much of this work will be conducted in interdisciplinary teams, with strong engagement with international collaborators and industry partner organisations.The successful applicant will receive a scholarship of $28,420 per year …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

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
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

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
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Gesture-based control of underwater helper-bots

Underwater robotic systems have been in use for several decades. In recent years, various groups have been adding manipulators and other payloads to increase their utility. However, their role has primarily been monitoring and mapping the oceans without human interaction.The next frontier is to have human divers and robotic system collaborate safely and productively in the same space to jointly complete complex tasks. This will involve the robotic system directly understanding and interacting with the diver in a non-verbal manner. …

Study level
PhD, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Robotics

Coordinated control of multi-robot systems for environmental management

Single robotic systems can't accurately measure dynamic processes and map large areas in challenging environments. However, managing multiple robotic systems simultaneously poses many challenges around coordination and control. This is particularly true in environments where there's a lack of communication with the system. This project will explore multi-robot swarming and formation control to monitor, manage and track large-scale environmental phenomena.In this project, you will explore multi-robot swarming and coordinated formation control for dynamic process monitoring, target tracking and coordinated mapping. …

Study level
PhD, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Robotics

Novel heterogeneous Fenton catalysts for wastewater treatment and reuse

The shortage of freshwater supply in many areas in Australia makes reusing wastewater highly necessary, and proper treatment of wastewater at reasonable costs is critical for the industrial sustainability.For example, the food and beverage processing industry is Australia’s largest manufacturing industry in terms of both financial contribution and employment. This industry consumes massive amounts of freshwater and produces a large quantity of wastewater containing various organic contaminants.Currently, a range of pre-treatment techniques including dissolved air flotation, bioreactor and conventional Fenton …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Investigating water uptake in commercial paint coatings using electrochemical methods

Monitoring the paint coating's breakdown is key to predicting the remaining service life of a coating. This ability will save companies significant costs over the life of an asset. One of the ways paint coatings deteriorate over time is by absorbing water, which is referred to as water uptake.The use of advance electrochemical techniques to monitor coating water uptake can provide information regarding the performance of a coating.

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

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