PhD Scholarship in Sparc Hub Faculty of Engineering

A PhD scholarship is available at Monash University. The deadline for applying is August 23, 2019.

Job No.:596975

Location: Clayton campus

Employment type: Full-time

Duration:3 year fixed-term appointment with possible 6 month extension

Remuneration:Stipend value of $27,872 -32,300 per annum

The ARC Smart Pavements Hub (SPARC) invites applications for a PhD-position in evaluating the application of smart geotextiles in smart road infrastructure.

SPARC Hub, which is a partnership between Monash and 7 other Australian Universities and 20+ Industry Partners, is embarking on a range of exciting research projects, offering an unprecedented opportunity for recent graduates to establish their postgraduate career in various engineering fields. The Hub offers a coherent PhD and Masters by research program for high achieving passionate students and is committed to create an intellectually exhilarating and vibrant environment towards excellence.

Monitoring of mechanical loading of road pavements is important for developing vehicle management procedures to ensure pavement longevity. In this regard, several monitoring methods are available. However, most existing techniques have several limitations in terms of providing only discrete partial-information or being destructive to the pavement being monitored. Therefore, new techniques that enable spatially continuous and complete information capabilities are needed, especially within the context of smart road infrastructures. The complete information stated involves the ability to infer the type of vehicle (axial configuration, loading, etc.) and its speed from the acquired measurements.

In this project, the feasibility of smart geotextiles for monitoring pavement loading under both mechanical loading conditions (repeated heavy vehicle loading) and thermal loading conditions will be investigated. Targeted laboratory experiments and numerical modelling exercises will be performed to develop analytical models for characterising the responses of the geotextile on the thermomechanical loading.

(iv) Knowledge in the relevant research field including any publications in reputable journals

Deadline: August 23, 2019
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