PhD Scholarship in Sparc Hub Faculty of Engineering

Applications are invited for a PhD position to join Monash University, Australia. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before September 13, 2019.

Job No.:597665

Location: Clayton campus

Employment type: Full-time

Duration:3 year fixed-term appointment with possible 6 month extension

Remuneration:Tax-free stipend $27,872 – $32,300 per annum

The ARC Smart Pavements Hub (SPARC) invites applications for a PhD-position in evaluating the application of smart geotextiles in smart road infrastructure.

SPARC Hub, which is a partnership between Monash and 7 other Australian Universities and 20+ Industry Partners, is embarking on a range of exciting research projects, offering an unprecedented opportunity for recent graduates to establish their postgraduate career in various engineering fields. The Hub offers a coherent PhD and Masters by research program for high achieving passionate students and is committed to creating an intellectually exhilarating and vibrant environment towards excellence.

Pavement energy systems offer a low-cost environmentally friendly method of providing useful thermal energy to nearby buildings. These pavements can be used as a heat source/sink to assist in heating/cooling of built structures or energy use in infrastructures (lightning, etc.) via the use of a ground source heat pump. Heat transfer fluids such as water flow in pipes installed within the pavement without any significant modifications to its initial design. The additional temperature changes of the pavement resulting from the operation of the heat pump may lead to thermal changes in the pavement which may not be accounted for in the initial design. Accordingly, a thorough evaluation of thermal responses of the pavement under various operational conditions and recommendations for practice is required.

This project aims to establish baseline knowledge on the effects of key parameters of pavement energy systems on their thermal performances, which can later be used as a guide to develop field-scale installations. Targeted experimental studies and numerical simulations will be undertaken to evaluate the long-term thermal response of pavement systems under relevant parameters encountered in the field (i.e. mechanical loads imposed by cars on the pavement, variations in solar radiation, ground and atmospheric temperatures in Melbourne, soil moisture and strength variations, and different water temperatures flowing in the pipes arising from seasonal changes).

(i) Candidate's academic performance in the bachelor's degree (or Master's degree),

(ii) Quality of the degree completed (preference will be given to Master's degree),

(iv) Knowledge in the relevant research field including any publications in reputable journals,


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