HDR Scholarship - Structural Maritime Composite Materials with Superior Wide Spectrum Damping

Applications now open

A PhD Scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Structural Maritime Composite Materials with Superior Wide Spectrum Damping'

Project Supervisors


GTP Research


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

As carbon fibre reinforced composites become more widely used for ocean going vessels, the problem of damping, that is, vibration and acoustic control increases dramatically. However, there are currently no lightweight structural materials available that can reduce vibration across the entire breadth of frequencies encountered in the ocean. This project is ideally suited for someone with a background in polymer chemistry, materials and mechanical engineering and experience with network polymers, their blends and composite fabrication and characterisation.

It is a collaborative project with the DST Group, Australia’s national defence research agency who have identified acoustic control in composite materials as important for the defence of the nation. The student will be given the opportunity to work closely with the composite group within the Maritime Division at Fisherman’s Bend. Furthermore, opportunities for overseas conference and research visits will also be available.

Project aim

This PhD project will explore biomimetic damping mechanisms found in nature and apply them to composite materials to create superior wide spectrum damping in structural composites without impacting performance.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 14th January 2019.


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

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • you must be a domestic candidate who is also an Australian national due to the requirement for Defence security clearance
  • 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.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Russell Varley

Prof Russell Varley
Professor of Composite Materials
Email Russell Varley
+61 3 524 79577