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PhD Scholarship Available at USQ Australia

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Research Topic – Manufacture of Aerospace Structures using Automated Fibre Placement.

Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) composites are being used increasingly in the load-bearing structure of aerospace vehicles. Automation is vital for better productivity of these large structures. This project will lead to the establishment of a state-of-the-art automated fibre placement (AFP) research capability at the Centre for Future Materials (CFM). This project will be key to ensuring the success and future growth of the aerospace sector in Queensland and Australia.

Key Objectives:

• A detailed understanding of the AFP process, including interactions with large aerospace manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus.

•  Development of state-of-the-art robotic work-bench and a fibre deposition end-effecter for the AFP process


•  Address the scalability of the process to upgrade to a full scale AFP system



A scholarship is available for this post. The stipend rate is AUD$30,000 per annum tax free for three years.

Selection Criteria


1.  a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) at an Australian University or equivalent in mechatronics engineering, mechanical engineering, or


2.  a Master’s degree at an Australian University or equivalent (containing a significant research component) with a GPA of at least 5 on a 7-point scale, and 


How to apply

Please contact Dr Rehan Umer| Centre for Future Materials | Z2-116

T: +61 7 4631 5516 | E:


University of Southern Queensland | Toowoomba, Queensland | 4350 | Australia

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