Location University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Arbitrary path tracking laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) for remote vibration measurements from light structures

Value: $27,082 pa (tax-exempt) – fee waivers may also be considered for international applicants

Duration: 3 yrs plus 1 x possible 6 month extension

Enquiries: Dr Ben Halkon

School/Centre: School ofMechanical and Mechatronic Engineering 

Closing date for next intake

Australian Domestic students: 30th April

International Candidates: 15th January (contact me if looking for an earlier start date)

Topic: Arbitrary path tracking laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) for remote vibration measurements from light structures

The Project

Laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) is now readily accepted as an alternative technology for the measurement of surface vibrations with special benefits for a wide range of applications. Scanning LDV, where the probe laser beam orientation is rapidly manipulated, enables the rapid surveying of a vibrating area of interest. Synchronisation of the scanning beam with a continually moving system enables the tracking of that system. Where such movement is arbitrary or not pre-determined, additional instrumentation is required to realise this.

This project will involve the research and development of a novel arbitrary path tracking LDV and its application to a range of application areas of interest, such as: (i) the tracking of insects moving around in a petri dish, such that the low level vibrations they generate during locomotion can be determined; (ii) the tracking of a vibrating flapping wing system in a wind tunnel to understand the dynamics of such structures and their impact on fluid-structure interaction, and (iii) the tracking of sports equipment (bats and balls) (eg) during a shot where the striking implement and/or ball vibration is critically important to determine and engineer to produce a quality performance outcome and/or player experience.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at UTS is a world-class faculty with a growing reputation for its quality and impact. Our research is highly advanced, industry-focused and part of the lively and rigorous research culture at UTS.  

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Over the last five years, the Faculty has received more than 60 Australian Research Council projects and attracted a total research funding well in excess of $30 million.

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Ben Halkon