PhD Scholarship in Influence of Heat Treatment and Chemical Composition on the Bendability and Toughness of 6000 Series Aluminium

For PhD candidates interested in undertaking cutting-edge research into lightweight multi-material and functional structures as part of ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures.

Value and duration

$31,298 per annum for three years with a possible six-month extension

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a self-funded international student
  • have a first class honours or 2a honours or equivalent in materials, manufacturing or mechanical engineering, physics or chemistry
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for the higher degree by research.

Please read the RMIT University Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

How to apply

Please contact Professor Mark Easton at

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

Further information

Bendability (or formability) and toughness are important particularly to the manufacturing of automotive structures and their performance in crash situations. Whilst effects of chemical composition and heat treatment on the hardness, tensile, yield, and elongation properties of aluminium extrusion alloys are relatively well known, how these factors affect bendability and toughness is less well-understood.

This project aims to develop time-temperature transformation curves to determine the key factors influencing the bendability and toughness of structural 6000 series aluminium extrusion alloys including the role of Cu. Understanding the role of micro- and nano-structure on these properties will lead to improved manufacturability, such as flexible-roll forming and free-forming to be investigated, and performance of extruded aluminium products.

PhD scholarships are available for students interested in undertaking cutting-edge research into lightweight multi-material and functional structures as part of the ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures.

The Centre brings together leading academic and industry researchers from RMIT University, Deakin University and Australian National University with key partner Ford and a consortium of local and international industry organisations.

The Centre also aims to develop a cohort of industry-focused researchers delivering new insights into the design and manufacture of lightweight multi-materials structures to underpin a new generation of low footprint smart and functional products for automotive and related applications.


For further enquiries, please contact Professor Mark Easton at