Flight at extreme speeds challenges the very best of our engineering abilities. The structures of high-speed vehicles are subjected to fluid-thermal-structural interactions in which the deformation of the structure, induced by the aerothermodynamic loads, can in turn influence this flow field and this coupling can detrimentally deform and even catastrophically damage the vehicle. The ability to develop efficient and economical high-speed aircraft is thus limited by our current capabilities in simulating and predicting these complex interactions.
PhD Projects SEIT
Scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) are available for PhD students who have achieved Honours 1/High Distinction in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research.
Over the past three decades there has been increased military and commercial interest in lightweight high-speed ships, mainly due to their ability to provide fast sea transportation and relatively high payload capacity. Australia is an acknowledged world leader in the innovative design and construction of large high-speed aluminium catamarans, such as the vessels developed by Incat Tasmania and Austal.
The aim of this project is to research coding techniques for device to device cooperative communications in IoT. Specifically, this project will investigate techniques and methods to improve the throughput and efficiency of the cooperative communications in IoT.
The aim of this project is to research network coding techniques for ultra-low latency communication systems. Specifically, this project will investigate techniques and methods to improve the latency performance and efficiency of future low-latency wireless communication systems.
Gas turbines bend when the are turned off, due to differential cooling. This thermal bow can damage the engines if they are restarted too early, which will reduce their fatigue life and can ultimately destroy them in flight. It is therefore crucial to the safe operation of current and future engines that we improve our abilities to predict this bow and design it out.
Acoustic metamaterials are artificially structured media which can manipulate sound waves in unusual ways. Metasurfaces are thin layers of metamaterials, which enable wave manipulation within a compact structure.
This research proposes the development and implementation of flight control systems for school’s fixed wing UAV. Currently, we have flight tested fuzzy logic and neural network based controllers for simple flight paths.
Metallic lattice materials have shown promise for lightweight sandwich panels that provide protection against blast and shock propagation. However, little is known of their dynamic spall characteristics (when shock-compressed) and their collapse under dynamic loading.