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Location Swinburne University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences
App. deadline 10/02/2017
  • Scholarship available
Project ID 30523a
Eligibility Open to international applicants

[Full scholarship] Next generation metal composite coatings for extreme engineering applications

Swinburne University of Technology has a long, proud history of educating and training students for over 100 years. 

The Faculty of Science Engineering and Technology are offering a limited number of PhD scholarships (A$26,288 per annum for 3 years) to outstanding candidates who have completed at least four years (or equivalent) of tertiary education studies in a relevant discipline at a high level of achievement.

Stopping the undesirable build-up of biological micro-organisms (biofouling) and corrosion onto marine infrastructure presents a formidable challenge to the environment and economy. It is estimated that governments, research institutions and industries spend more than US$5.7 billion annually to prevent and control such biofouling and corrosion. This project involves developing a high wear resistant coatings with the incorporation of antifouling species such as copper (Cu) or zinc (Zn) that are intended to provide additional antifouling properties, as well as have corrosion properties. Such material feedstock compositions do not exist in the market and will have to be created using in-house ball milling facilities. Subsequently, the researcher will manufacture these antifouling and corrosion resistant coatings via thermal spray and laser-cladding deposition techniques, as well as carry out detailed characterisation of coatings properties. Marine sea trials and evaluation of thermal spray antifouling coatings against international standards will also be carried out. This project will receive significant support from local industry and international partners to test and evaluate these coating solutions.

The project is hosted within the multidisciplinary surface engineering research team consisting of Prof Christopher Berndt, Associate Prof Scott Wade and Dr Andrew Ang. It must be noted that Swinburne is internationally recognized as a leading university in thermal spray (TS) research and is currently the only Australian university and one of only several in the Southern Hemisphere that has dedicated TS facilities. This lab boasts advanced facilities that include robotic TS and laser coating facilities, powder milling facilities as well as a high resolution in-flight particle monitoring system that can measure the time, temperature and particle size distribution of in-flight particles. In addition, there is access to advanced materials characterisation tools including x-ray inspection (XRD, XRF, XPS), microscopy (FESEM, fluorescent microscope, 3D optical profiler), Nano indentation, tribology and corrosion testing systems. Industry partners will support laboratory based biofouling characterisation as well as field testing.

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Dr Andrew Ang