Numerical modelling of structural timber

Numerical modelling of mechanical behaviour of Eucalyptus Nitens timber

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

10 October 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

The aim of this project is to extend a constitutive model for the mechanical behavoiur of Eucalyptus Nitens timber developed in a previous PhD project to more functionalities and wider applications. The current model can only model hardening behaviour and it is well known that E.Nitens exhibits fracture and damages leading to softening behaviour. The purpose of this project is to enhance the constitutive model so that the mechanical behaviour of E.Nitens can be modelled more accurately and this should lead to better understanding and modelling of the structural behaviour of E.Nitens allowing wider application of the E.Nitens timber to be used as structural members.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Andrew Chan

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Background in computational mechanics and/or numerical modelling

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Background in constitutive modelling, programming

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Andrew Chan to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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