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Bushfire design of residential buildings

This project aims to investigate the bushfire performance of residential buildings in the bushfire prone areas of Australia. This includes a detailed review of:bushfire characteristicsradiant and convective heat ratestype of materials used to construct bushfire safe housesstructural and fire performance of external wall and roof panelsstructural design requirementstesting procedures.This comprehensive review will contribute towards developing conceptual models and design methods of external wall and roof systems for residential buildings in bushfire zones.

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

Bushfire building risk assessment using drones

The project will investigate the feasibility of using drones to conduct bushfire risk assessments for buildings. It involves:learning about data capturing and analysis technique and methodsconducting field scale study and risk analyses for buildings in bushfire-prone areas.We're looking for civil engineering students with interest in:advanced technologydata analysestechnical writing.

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Melt electrowriting microfibre scaffolds for biofabrication

Each year, millions of people suffer from traumatic tissue damage due to cancers, congenital defects or injury. Biofabrication is the rapid 3D printing of replacement tissue and organs that are customised to the specific needs of the patient. This future of manufacturing technology is set to revolutionise regenerative medicine and deliver high quality health outcomes. The Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology group is a world class multi-disciplinary research team focused on embedding biofabrication into routine clinical use.Based at our state-of-the-art labs …

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

Characterising fatigue of 3D printed metamaterials

Each year, millions of people suffer from traumatic tissue damage due to cancers, congenital defects or injury. Biofabrication is the rapid 3D printing of replacement tissue and organs that are customised to the specific needs of the patient. This future of manufacturing technology is set to revolutionise regenerative medicine and deliver high quality health outcomes. The Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology group is a world class multi-disciplinary research team focused on embedding biofabrication into routine clinical use.Based at our state-of-the-art labs …

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

Designing a digital health platform to manage health and well-being

An individual's health status is very important to personal well-being and plays a significant role at workplace, home, and school/university. We do not worry or think too much about our health value until we experience bad consequences. Individuals will make an excellent contribution to schools, industries, and workplace provided that they have a good quality of life. With the advances in wearable technology, we can leverage their utility to monitor and manage our health.Emerging smart devices have potential benefits for …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Adversarial attacks to machine learning based models in cybersecurity

Modern Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs) rely on machine learning for detecting and defending cyber-attacks in information technology (IT) networks. However, the introduction of such systems has introduced an additional attack dimension; the trained IDS models may also be subject to attacks.The act of deploying attacks towards machine learning based systems is known as Adversarial Machine Learning (AML) [1]. The aim is to exploit the weaknesses of the pretrained model which has “blind spots” between data points it has seen during …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Metabarcoding analysis of microbiota in pasture grasses

Pasture dieback has afflicted a wide range of grasses across Queensland and New South Wales, causing immense economic damage.To help better understand this dieback, you will analyse the microbiome of grasses from field plots and controlled laboratory experiments using 16S amplicon metabarcoding.You will work as part of a larger team studying pasture dieback at QUT.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Histological analysis of explanted pelvic meshes

Pelvic mesh implantation is a common surgical procedure employed to treat stress urinary incontinence, rectal prolapse and pelvic organ prolapse. Data from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) showed that 151,000 meshes have been implanted in Australia since 1998 and 3.7 million world-wide between 2005 and 2013. However, the use of pelvic meshes can cause complications such as erosion, infection, pain and discomfort, which sometimes require further surgery. With high complication rates the FDA recently issued 2 warnings against the use …

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

Australian floral resources and pollen harvesting by honey bees

Commercial pollination services are rapidly expanding for crops such as almonds, blueberries and avocados, with hundreds of thousands of hives transported across the east and south of Australia each season.Floral resources around the apiary are critical to maintaining the strength and health of these bee colonies.This project will work in the QUT experimental apiary at SERF to determine the floral resources available in the landscape and the foraging activity of bees in commercial standard hives.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Mechanical testing of total shoulder replacement implant stability

In 2020, 46,919 total shoulder replacement (TSR) procedures were conducted in Australia, a 17% increase on the previous year. At 10 years post-operation, 12.3% will require revision, with 17.3% of revisions due to implant loosening. This is a significant load on the Australian healthcare system.To reduce the risk of implant loosening, surgeons propose different techniques for attaching the glenosphere (implant) to the glenoid (bone). Limited data is present however on the impact of these different techniques, if they reduce loosening, …

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

Mathematical models for diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI)

Mathematical models are becoming increasingly important in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as they provide a mechanistic approach for making a link between tissue microstructure and signals acquired using the medical imaging instrument. For example, diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (dMRI) is one of the most important contemporary non-invasive modalities for probing tissue structure at the microscopic scale. However, dMRI signal behaviour at high or ultra-high field strengths has shown increased deviation from the classically expected mono-exponential decay. Characterising the underlying mechanism …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences

In-silico clinical trials to assess implant performance after shoulder joint replacement

The challenge of conducting a clinical trial to test the performance of joint replacement prosthetics in-vivo results in an expensive and risky lead time for the development of new implant designs. Computational methods have the potential to significantly improve the workflow of implant design via in-silico clinical trials.Anatomical variation in bone morphology across populations also presents a challenge, and new prosthetics will need to be offered in a variety of shapes and sizes to maximise their suitability for a diverse …

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

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