Masters by Research scholarship in Chemical Engineering in partnership with Boeing

This project will undertake and provide considered recommendations over process design, capital equipment and boundary conditions to safely prepare on-demand, homogenously mixed resins for resin infusion.

Value and duration

Up to $40,000 per annum for 2 years.

  • $30,000 per year funded by the School of Engineering, RMIT University
  • Up to $10,000 per year top up scholarship from Boeing.

Number of scholarships available

One.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident
  • have a first class honours equivalent in chemical engineering or equivalent
  • 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 programs.

How to apply

Prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the Masters by Research Chemical Engineering program (MR217) as per instructions available on the School of Engineering website.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with RMIT University and Boeing.

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close once the candidate is appointed.

Terms and conditions

This scholarship will be governed by the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327KB 10p).

Further information

One Masters by Research scholarship in Chemical Engineering is available for a prospective candidate interested in undertaking industry research as part of the RMIT Boeing Research Alliance. Working in close partnership with Boeing technical experts in a multi-disciplinary team environment, the appointed candidate will have a unique opportunity to develop methods for the manufacture and homogeneous mixing of large volume resin systems used to produce lightweight aerospace composite materials.

Key elements of the project will include:

  • evaluation of the major processes (batch; continuous/semi-continuous) for the current and emerging resin mix systems
  • development of computational models of the mixing process in batch and continuous flow modes.
  • in-silico assessment and experimental validation of the computational models considering the chemical feedstock and overall formulated resin systems:
    • rheology
    • reaction chemistry
    • reaction thermodynamics and kinetics
  • assessment of the systems sensitivity to shear rate, concentration gradient, temperature and environmental factors -like oxygen, carbon dioxide & water.
  • down selection of the preferred mixing methodology and in-silico design of capital infrastructure
  • optimisation of the process for efficiency, environmental footprint (including shelf-life, pot-life, clean-up and recyclability, reuse)
  • investigation of safety (risk mitigation) protocols based on feedstock exposure limits and reaction chemistry.

Contact

For further information please contact:

Dr Liam Ward
liam.ward@rmit.edu.au
+61 3 9925 1713

Professor Stuart Bateman
stuart.bateman@rmit.edu.au
+61 3 9925 6672