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PhD Scholarship in Computational Mechanics at the University of Sydney, Australia

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One J.W. and I.C.M. Roderick scholarship (Stipend + Tuition if applicable) is available for a suitably qualified student with an Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering to undertake full time research leading to a PhD degree in the School of Civil Engineering.

The research is in the field of design and model-based simulation of nanomaterials enhanced glass window system against blast loading. This is a part of an international joint project between the University of Sydney (USyd) in Australia and the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC) in USA. The potential PhD student at USyd will be mainly working on the numerical modelling part of the project with the corresponding experiments being performed at the UMC.

The objective of the numerical modelling and simulation part is to develop a multi-scale bifurcation-based decohesion model within the framework of the Material Point Method (MPM), one of the meshfree methods, for simulating the failure of nanomaterials enhanced laminated glass plates under blast loading. The proposed multi-scale decohesion model will be calibrated by combining molecular dynamics and continuum mechanics approaches, and the simulation results will be verified by available experimental data.

Applicants must have a good degree in engineering and an interest in computational mechanics. The scholarship stipend is $20,007 per annum, and may be held for three years subject to satisfactory progress. Tuition fee scholarships will be provided to qualified international students.

Further information can be obtained from Dr Luming Shen, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006. (Phone: +61-2-93513895, Email: see below).


Applications including a full curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, the names and contact details of at least two referees, and recent English test results (for international students only) should be sent to Dr Shen at the above address.



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