UQ PhD international awards in Development of a Mechanical Tensioner for Wave Energy Harvesting

  • PHD
  • $28,597 p.a.
  • 2 November 2020

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.

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To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

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$28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually


To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

  • check your eligibility
  • prepare your documentation
  • contact Dr Michael Heitzmann (m.heitzmann@uq.edu.au) to discuss your suitability for this scholarship

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘WAVE ENERGY’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
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