First listed on: 13 May 2017

PhD Student - Numerical simulation of rock cutting with an Actuated Undercutting Disc

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The Position

CSIRO’s Hard Rock Mining program is offering two scholarships to one PhD and one MPhil candidates who have undertaken previous studies in a relevant science area. The students’ project will be part of an overarching research project funded by Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia, Mining3 and CSIRO.

In November 2016, CRCMining (Cooperative Research Centre for Mining) and CSIRO Mineral Resources division joined forces to create Mining3. CRCMining, in its entirety, transitioned into Mining3 while CSIRO provides leadership, Resources, facilities and staff to the new entity on an ongoing basis. Mining3 facilitates a high level of industry engagement and works across both entities to provide leading research capabilities to its members.

The student(s) is expected to apply and be accepted for enrolment at one of the Group of Eight leading Australian universities and will be jointly supervised by Dr Sevda Dehkhoda of CSIRO/Mining3, Prof Emmanuel Detournay of University of Minnesota USA and the university collaborator. The student(s) will be located at CSIRO’s Queensland Centre for Advance Technologies site, and will have the opportunities to spend time at their host university as well as 3-6 months at the University of Minnesota USA.

The research topics for these two positions are as below:

1. Experimental study of rock fragmentation with an actuated Undercutting Disc (MPhil)

2. Numerical simulation of rock cutting with an actuated Undercutting Disc (PhD)

The research activities will be a combination of experimental and numerical analyses methods, where the student(s) will investigate the failure process of rocks under the action of Actuated Undercutting Disc technology, studying the creation of damage zone, initiation and propagation of cracks, and formation of the chips leading to rock fragmentation. The student(s) will be part of a multidisciplinary team, where their research will make part of a larger project with multiple stakeholders.

Location: Pullenvale, QLD
Stipend: $26,682 per annum
Tenure: Up to 3 years
Reference: 39322

To be successful you will need:

  • A Master’s Degree in mining, mechanical or materials engineering or a Bachelor’s Degree with equivalent research experiences

  • Eligible to enrol in a PhD program in one of the Australia’s Group of Eight universities

  • Fundamental understanding of fracture mechanics concepts and rock fracture mechanisms.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with numerical and analytical modelling methods.

  • Demonstrated experience with developing computer algorithms for solving mathematical models preferably using Matlab.

How to Apply:  Please provide enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability, and upload one document containing your CV/resume and cover letter.  If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

To view the full position details and selection criteria click here:  Position Details document

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, Wednesday 7th June 2017.