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.

Bioinspired Perching and Crawling Drones

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are the fastest growing sector of aviation with wide-ranging applications. Apart from flight there exists an urgent necessity for multi-role aerial robots. In spite of the rapid advancement in drone technology, there exist significant limitations including their inability to perform multiple roles.

Quasi-normal modes of electromagnetic and acoustic systems

Many physical systems are usefully described by their modes, which are found by solving an eigenvalue problem. This is also true for nano-photonic structures such as metamaterials, nano-antennas and plasmonic particles. However, many systems have strong radiation or dissipative losses, and violate many assumptions which are valid for closed systems.

Creating and Managing System Modularity: A Trade off and Optimality Analysis

Modularity as a system property has many benefits for different lifecycle stages of a system. This project is an investigation of a complete set of these benefits as well as a search for optimum formation of the modules for maximum benefit to all or some the identified benefits, at early design stages.

Improving forecasts of space weather has been identified as a major goal for the space community. Space weather has substantial effects on space and ground operations, yet accurate forecast lead times are typically only a few hours to days at most. The goal of this PhD is to improve our understanding and forecasting capability of space weather through physics-based models and/or machine learning.


Artificial Intelligence to Uncover Fish Responses to Disturbed Flows

The mechanisms of aquatic animal swimming become a central issue for researchers and engineers who wish to develop underwater robotics with superior locomotion capability. Aquatic animals suspended in water are subject to the complex nature of three-dimensional flows, which have the potential to perturb the swimming motions of the animals.

Microwave and Millimetre-wave Metasurfaces

Metasurfaces are a promising new area of science and technology for the manipulation of electromagnetic waves. They have the potential to replace bulky devices such as lenses with a thin layer of patterned elements, to enable a wave to undergo focussing, steering, polarisation conversation and more general spatial/temporal filtering.

Uncertainty quantifications in insect flight simulations: effect of flow gust and insect/wing geometry and kinematics

The mechanisms of insect flight become one of central issues for researchers and engineers who wish to develop aerial crafts with superior locomotion capability. One of the most fascinating yet least understood attributes of aerial animals is the uncertainties from environment flow gust as well as insect/wing geometry and kinematics.

Vibrational nonequilibrium in nozzle flow

Gasdynamic lasers create optical gain from the rapid expansion of gas through a nozzle.  This can produce very high peak laser powers, and makes such lasers potentially useful in a range of applications.  The efficiency of the laser is determined by the ability to create and maintain a nonequilibrium distribution of vibrational energy within such a nozzle.  One effective way of driving the expanding flow is by providing elevated energy with combustion, however, some product species such as water vapour can impair the effectiveness of the rapid flow expansion in creating a population inversi

Leaching and recovery of elements from CCA timber

Copper chrome arsenic (CCA) timber is a major waste that is currently being stockpiled around Australia. The strict environmental restrictions on their disposal means that this stockpile will increase annually. This project looks at optimising the choice of acids for leaching of CCA from the timber, an understanding of the rate processes and chemical equilibrium that determine the extraction efficiency of those elements, and the recovery of the copper, chromium and arsenic from the waste stream.

Mechanical Analysis and Design Optimisation of Composite Structures

The project is concerned with the development of mechanical analysis and design optimisation procedures formulated for composite materials, thin-walled and sandwich structures, hybrid metal-composite structural components with applications in aerospace, marine, offshore, shipbuilding and other industries.