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Location University of Southern Queensland, Centre for Future Materials
App. deadline 13/09/2017
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian residents only

Pressure Field Mapping to Enable Out-of-autoclave Composite Repairs

Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) composites are being used increasingly in the load-bearing structure of aerospace vehicles. Sustaining CFRP structures is a major challenge for aerospace vehicle operators. The proposed research is to integrate computer simulation and real-time pressure field mapping, to repair degraded or damaged composite structure. To enhance the reliability of in-situ, Out-Of-Autoclave, repairs of aerospace grade Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) composites and reduce the reliance on skilled operators by:

•        developing equipment to measure the key consolidation parameters with a focus on localised pressure fields

•        understanding the link between the localised pressure fields during consolidation and repair defects, and

•        integrating these into a practical process control solution.



A DSTG scholarship is available for this post. The stipend rate is AUD$30,000 per annum tax free for three years.

Selection Criteria


1.       a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) at an Australian University or equivalent in materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or

2.       a Master’s degree at an Australian University or equivalent (containing a significant research component) with a GPA of at least 5 on a 7-point scale, and 


3.       you must be Australian national, due to the requirement for Defence security clearance


How to apply

Please contact Dr Xuesen Zeng | Centre for Future Materials | Z2-116

T: +61 7 4631 2251 | M: +61 456 368 640 | E:


University of Southern Queensland | Toowoomba, Queensland | 4350 | Australia

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