Experimental multiphase flow inside a HydroFloat device - PhD scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), tax free, indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 16 August 2019
Closing date 22 September 2019

Scholarship description

The project

The HydroFloat is a hindered-settling, fluidised bed flotation device designed to improve the recovery of coarse and poorly-liberated particles. Based on its proven performance in bulk commodities, the HydroFloat has the potential to change the energy and water efficiency of processing increasingly complex metalliferous ores. To live up to this potential, the design, operation and scale-up of the HydroFloat must be optimised for the demanding application of metalliferous mineral processing.

The aim of this project will be to explore the behaviour of the three-phase material inside a HydroFloat device in response to a range of design modifications and operating conditions. This will be achieved using a range of flow imaging techniques including positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) and neutron transmission tomography. The data thus produced will not only offer insights into the performance and behaviour of the HydroFloat, but will also represent a singularly detailed and valuable validation dataset for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of multiphase flows.

The project will be primarily experimental, but may include some CFD modelling depending on the background and interests of the student. Most of the experimental work for this project will be conducted in laboratories at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) in Brisbane, but some experiments will require international travel to partner institutions in South Africa and Europe.

The experimental data produced as part of this project will require significant processing and analysis. This will demand excellent mathematical and computational skills from the successful candidate. Interpretation of the results would benefit from familiarity with granular or fluid dynamics, and with mineral processing techniques such as physical classification and froth flotation. However, this is not a requirement for an otherwise strong applicant.

This project is sponsored by Anglo American, one of the world’s largest diversified mining companies with operations in Australia and around the world. The successful applicant will be required to produce regular sponsor reports and presentations as well as their usual academic outputs. This will require discipline and self-motivation in meeting project deadlines, and the communication skills necessary to deliver high-quality research outputs.

Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre

The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) is a world-renowned research and postgraduate education organisation, located at Indooroopilly in Brisbane, approximately 7 km from St Lucia, the main campus of the University of Queensland. The JKMRC was established in 1970, and now forms part of the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).

The mission of the JKMRC is to deliver world-class, customer-focussed education, research and technical services to the global minerals industry and allied sectors. The JKMRC has an international reputation for applied research in the areas of mineral processing and geometallurgy. It specialises in ore characterisation, mineral processing unit operations such as comminution and flotation, applied mineralogy, and the interface between mining and processing. Its emphasis on systems analysis by mathematical modelling and process simulations has led to major new methodologies in the design and optimisation of mineral processing operations. It works closely with the international minerals industry and other research providers in Australia and overseas. It has graduated in excess of 200 Masters and PhD students and won many awards for its research. It has a proven record of technology transfer through JKTech, which has significant experience in the commercial delivery of JKMRC research outcomes, particularly in simulation software and ore characterisation methodologies. 


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you apply

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will be given the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact Dr Angus Morrison (angus.morrison@uq.edu.au) to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

Please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field: JKMRC-HF
  3. list the enrolling unit as the Sustainable Minerals Institute
  4. enter Dr Angus Morrison as your supervisor

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Selection criteria

The successful applicant will hold an excellent first degree in mathematics, physical science or engineering. You must also meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Applicants must have:

  • proven experimental skills, including practical laboratory or industrial experience;
  • proven analytical skills, including familiarity with a programming language such as Matlab or python;
  • excellent mathematical and statistical skills; and
  • excellent written and oral communication skills.

The successful applicant will have the ability to work autonomously with the advice and support of their supervisors and peers in a dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment.

Knowledge of the following fields would be beneficial but not required:

  • flow imaging techniques such as LDV and PIV,
  • mineral processing techniques such as froth flotation, and
  • computational modelling techniques such as CFD and DEM.

Applicants should note that applying to this position does not guarantee admission to UQ in the PhD program. The applicant selected to participate in the project will be invited to formally apply to the UQ Graduate School for admission. Participation in the project and award of a scholarship is conditional on the applicant receiving an offer of admission from UQ Graduate School.

Applications are closed.


Dr Angus Morrison
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.