HDR Scholarship - Material monitoring for process control in the roll forming process

Applications now open

This PhD scholarship is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The successful applicant will spend time at Deakin and Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities.

Project Supervisor

Dr Matthias Weiss (Deakin University) and Dr Vit Janik (Coventry University)

Institute

Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University (Home Institute) and Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University

Location

Waurn Ponds Campus, Australia and Coventry University, UK

Research topic

This PhD scholarship is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The successful applicant will spend time at Deakin and Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities. This project is offered as part of the Deakin-Coventry cotutelle program where the student is enrolled at both Deakin University and Coventry University (UK).

Roll forming, where a flat sheet is incrementally bent into shape in successive roll stands is increasingly used for the forming of high strength steels for high end products in transportation industry. With increasing material strength, the effect of material property variations on the final component shape becomes more significant. To achieve high component quality and process robustness new methods for in-line material property monitoring and part shape control need to be established.

Deakin University has developed a simple bending test that can be used on the shop floor for the monitoring of material properties from coil to coil. Combined with numerical analysis and a simple inverse routine the bend test allows identifying residual stress profiles in the incoming strip; this information can be used in FEA to achieve an improved representation of material behaviour in the process. Deakin also developed a new approach for in-line shape control. Here roll load and torque measurements in combination with FEA analysis are used to identify property variations in the incoming material. It is likely changes in material strength and residual stress influence the final shape and therefore need to be considered for final part shape adjustment.

Project aim

To develop new methods for in-line material property monitoring and part shape control in roll forming using material properties and FEA.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 20th January 2019.

Benefits

This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • 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
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia).

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information or please contact Coventry University via email.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study

How to apply

Applicants must apply to both institutions.

Apply to Deakin via the Institute for Frontier Materials Expression of Interest form. Learn more about submitting a successful application on Deakin's How to apply page.

AND

Apply to Coventry via the online portal.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Matthias Weiss or Dr Vit Janik

Dr Matthias Weiss
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University
Email Matthias Weiss
+61 3 522 73368

Dr Vit Janik
Senior Lecturer in Materials, Mechanics and Measurement, Coventry University
Email Vit Janik