Numerical modelling of timber drying process

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

18 July 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

Timber, being a natural cellular material, has significant inhomogeneity and anisotropic properties. However, in order for the timber to become a viable building material, it must be dried so that all the free moisture and some of the moisture in the cells have to be removed. This is very difficult process to predict, and previous experimental work can only give a very approximate empirical guidelines. The purpose of this project is to use state-of-the-art finite element software like commercial program COSMOL or locally developed Lattice Boltzmann program with appropriately devised constitutive model to give a better understanding of the drying process of timber so as to devise a more cost-effective, energy and time saving strategy for the process.

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.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are open to applicants from Civil Engineering, Timber Engineering and Engineering Mechanics discipline and related background only

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 desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Background in the use of relevant engineering analysis software

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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