ARC - PhD Scholarship - Theory and Methods for Evaluation of Microstructural Fatigue Damage

Applications open
1 June 2020
Applications close
31/10/2020 or until filled
Payment per year
$10,000 per annum top up scholarship - conditional upon securing a RTPS scholarship valued at $28,092 per annum
3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International Students
Type of Scholarship
Supplementary Scholarships
Available In
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
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The PhD position is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant “Theory and methods for evaluation of microstructural fatigue damage”. The project outcomes will lead to the development of novel methods for structural life prognosis and safety inspections, possessing intrinsically new capabilities. These new capabilities will support innovative engineering design, efficient operation of high-value assets and life-extension programs of Australia’s ageing infrastructure. The proposed research will directly contribute to DST’s current cost reduction activities associated with the maintenance and fatigue life management of military aircraft platforms. New solutions will also be developed to address the existing fracture and fatigue problems in the railway and power industries.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in one or several research activities, which include:

1. Obtaining analytical and FE-based solutions using nonlinear (high-order) elasticity for isotropic materials with dilute distribution of fatigue-induced   microstructural defects;

2.  Deriving effective second- and third-order elastic constants for materials with microstructural defects;

3. Verifying the theoretical predictions with material testing and ultrasonic measurements of linear and nonlinear elastic properties of metallic materials and composites with accumulated fatigue damage.

The ARC Grant-Funded PhD student will work in a research team, which combines a wide international expertise in fracture, damage modelling and Structural Health Monitoring.



  • Have completed a Bachelor of degree with a 1st class Honours, or a Masters degree that contains a significant (and relevant) research component with equivalent academic performance
  • Be assessed by the Adelaide Graduate Centre as meeting all conditions for admission to the Doctoral program. For more information about the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at the University of Adelaide, please visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre’s website.
  • Be living in, or able to relocate to, South Australia for the duration of the scholarship
  • Not hold a qualification at the same or at a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking
  • Not be receiving a living allowance award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP Scholarship living allowance rate to undertake the research higher degree program
  • Students applying for this scholarship should plan for a start date of no later than 1/01/2021.


  • Demonstrate interest in nonlinear elasticity, experimental ultrasonic, laser techniques, in homogenisation theories and Fracture Mechanics;
  • Have experience in FE modelling and possess excellent analytical skills.
  • Applicants with well-developed written and verbal communication skills with be considered favourably.

Access to authorised travel, tailored professional development training and research project funds will also be available.

How to apply:

Please address the eligibility criteria and email a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in applying for this scholarship to .

Further information:

Professor Andrew Kotousov, School of Mechanical Engineering

P: +61 (0) 831 35439



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