Deakin HDR PhD international awards in Validation of Quality Assurance Tests for Two-Part Epoxy Coatings

  • Phd
  • $34,000 p.a. + tuition fees offset
  • 30 September 2020

This research project is founded by the Future Fuels CRC, which in turn is supported by most major players in the Australian natural gas industry. For a detailed list of partners visit: (opens in a new window)

Specifying coatings and application processes that result in premature failures can result in extremely high repair costs ($1.6M per kilometer). This project aims to reinforce the knowledge base engineers have at their disposal to specify coatings and application processes, resulting in a greater degree of confidence on the design.

Project aim:

The project takes two approaches towards that end;

One approach uses a combination of standard and non-standard coating testing methods to evaluate, in a short period of time, the likelihood of premature failure of several commercial two-part epoxy coatings. Of particular interest is the sensibility of coating performance to application parameters such as mixing ratio, application temperature, thickness, mill-scale contamination, and humidity.

Contrary to most standard testing methods, the non-standard methods developed through this project, do not aim to attain fast results by subjecting the coating to harsher conditions than those experienced in service. Instead, these non-standard methods aim to evaluate early signs of degradation at a much finer scale, which can be observed before macroscopic changes in the coating become evident.

The second approach focuses on validating that the degradation process evaluated through short term testing are the same as those experienced in service. This is done by a controlled long-term field exposure of commercial pipeline coatings prepared under a wide range of application conditions. Since the value of the data collected increases over time, this exposure is set to outlast the first phase of this project and extend for most of the CRC life.

The new testing methods and testing results obtained for the commercial pipeline coatings used in Australia will be made available in an active effort towards the modification and development of new testing standards.

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You must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Applicants should have theoretical knowledge on corrosion and electrochemistry.


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This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $34,000 per annum tax exempt (2020 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.


Expression of interest: Our Corrosion Laboratory and Infrastructure Durability research groups often have research scholarships for suitable materials, chemistry or engineering graduates who are interested in corrosion science, corrosion engineering and materials research.

Interested applicants should contact via email Prof Mike Tan and Dr Bob Varela before applying for the project.

Applicants invited to submit a full application should follow the instructions on the How to apply page.

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