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Phd Scholarship: Thermo-mechanical Damage Behavior Of Rock Under Polyaxial Stresses

THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND - St Lucia, QLD

Engineering
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JOB DESCRIPTION

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The award

Supervisor – Dr Mehdi Serati

Knowledge of rock damage behaviour is of great importance in many engineering applications including the design of open-pit mines, deep underground tunnels, repositories, and deep wells, as well as in geophysics, tectonics, and seismology disciplines. It is therefore imperative to understand how environmental parameters affect rock damage in such applications for better and safer designs. In deep underground operations, in particular, accumulation of damage is predominantly controlled by (high) temperature and pressure (HTP) that rock is exposed to. This project aims to:

  1. Evaluate the effect of temperature on the mechanical strength of rocks under true triaxial (3D) stress conditions,
  2. Investigate fracture pattern of rocks under elevated temperatures as well as far-field external loads, and
  3. Introduce a more accurate and reliable coupled 3D thermo-mechanical damage model for rocks.

We are seeking a full-time, highly motivated PhD candidate to perform high-quality research in the field of rock fracture mechanics. The successful candidate will be working under the supervision of Dr Mehdi Serati and Professor David Williams the Geotechnical Engineering Centre (GEC) within the School of Civil Engineering. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary team in partnership with industry partners.

Domestic and on-shore international applicants will be considered for this scholarship.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ. This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia.

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 fracture mechanics and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of geotechnical engineering is highly desirable.

Scholarship

The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply).

Enquiries

For further information, please contact Dr Mehdi Serati at [email protected] +61 7 3365 3911

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘POLYAXIAL STRESSES' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

Applications close: 31 March 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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