The University of Queensland is offering a PhD Scholarship in Engineering and Computing for the academic year 2021-2022. The opportunity is available for Australian and International applicants in order to pursue a PhD degree programme at the university in Australia.
|Enrolment status||New students|
|Student type||Domestic students|
|Level of study||Higher Degree by Research|
|Study area||Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics|
|HDR funding type||Living stipend scholarship|
|Scholarship value PhD scholarship:||The scientific basis for the use of fire-safe intumescent coatings used in mass timber structures|
|Scholarship duration||Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances|
|Opening date||22 January 2021|
|Closing date||8 February 2021|
Supervisor – Dr Cristian Maluk Zedan
Engineering advances in the space of timber being used for the construction of load-bearing assemblies has stimulated the design of timber structures where the fire could be a problem. However, demonstrating and ensuring that the timber structure will perform appropriately during (and even after) fire is a challenge. In the event of a fire, timber ignites and chars, resulting in an exothermic reaction that (1) may provide additional fuel to the fire and (2) result in reducing the load-bearing cross-section for structural timber elements. Consequently, timber structures must fulfil fire safety functional requirements to ensure structural integrity and stability during and after a fire.
Thin intumescent flame retardant (nano) coating, typically used in the steel industry, are thermally reactive materials that when exposed to heat swell to form a thick porous carbonaceous layer characterized by low density and low thermal conductivity. Usually, thin intumescent is applied to a few millimetres; swelling up to 100 times its original thickness.
This project will investigate and set the scientific/engineering grounds for understanding the fire performance and overall effectiveness for thin intumescent coatings and flame retardants used in mass timber structures.
Working knowledge of fire engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, material science, or structural engineering would be of benefit to someone working on this project.
School of Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering at UQ was ranked 29th in the World and 2nd in Australia (NTU, 2019) and has consistently ranked in the top 50 in the QS World University Rankings. As a major part of the new Advanced Engineering Building, is the new and fully equipped structures and fire laboratory testing facility, which was supported through 2013 LIEF grant (LE130100089). The Fire Safety Engineering Research Group at UQ is at the forefront of fire engineering research and education in Australia.
To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.
This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and international students who are currently in Australia.
How to Apply
To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.
Before applying, you should:
- Check your eligibility
- Prepare your documentation
- Contact Dr Cristian Maluk Zedan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your suitability for this scholarship
When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study sections you:
- Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative.’
- Select ‘I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship’.
- Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘TIMBER-MALUK’ in the ‘Name of scholarship’ field.
Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.
The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of fire engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, material science, or structural engineering and the potential for academic success.
A background or knowledge of experimental research is highly desirable.