Supervisor – Dr Michael Heitzmann
The project is related to the development of advanced composite structures for a novel Wave Energy Converter (WEC). The PhD will focus on developing a fundamental understanding of the durability and fatigue aspects of composite materials in the marine environment for a specific application in the WEC design. As part of the PhD it will also be investigated how concepts developed for WECs can be employed in other marine applications such as the aquaculture industry.
The PhD candidate will be undertaken in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering and the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM). The project is part of the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre (BE-CRC). The candidate will work directly with the industry participants as part of a larger team. Principal supervision and project lead is carried out by Dr. Michael Heitzmann.
A working knowledge of composite materials, processes and manufacturing with a specific knowledge in testing and durability would be of benefit to someone working on this project.