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Location University of the Sunshine Coast, School of Science and Engineering

Australian Airport Scholarship for improved Asphalt Performance

Full-time research to improve the understanding of the mechanisms, causes and methods of evaluation for ravelling or grooved and ungrooved airport asphalt, using a combination of laboratory testing and theoretical modelling.

The Australian airport industry has recently developed a performance-based approach to the design of airport asphalt surfaces.  Although there are well established test methods for deformation, fracture and moisture damage resistance, there is no current test for asphalt durability with regard to course aggregate ravelling.  Importantly, ravelling is the primary distress governing the period between airport runway resurfacing.

To allow further improvement a laboratory test for ravelling propensity is required and must consider both grooved and ungrooved surfaces in aged and unaged condition.

The intended outcomes are an improved understanding of the mechanisms leading to coarse aggregate ravelling, factors that affect ravelling risk, development of a standard laboratory test method, benchmarking the performance of current typical airport asphalt mixtures and evaluation of potential future materials and mixture types.

  • $35,000 p/a Stipend 
  • $10,000 operating costs
  • Tuition fees
  • Overseas Health Insurance & Relocation costs

Standard eligibility criteria:

  • Domestic student or International HDR student at USC
  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience
  • Maintain satisfactory progress
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one currently being applied for
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing
  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the RTP rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account.

Standard selection criteria:

  • Academic qualifications
  • Alignment of the proposed research to one of USC’s areas of research concentration
  • Record of research publications
  • Professional research experience
  • Experience or interest in pavement materials, specifically bitumen and asphalt.
  • Preference will be given to citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.

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