PhD scholarship: Automated manufacturing of FRP structure form-works


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Architecture, Planning and Design, Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions
Opening date 9 February 2021
Closing date 28 February 2021


Supervisor - Dr Dan Luo

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) winding has been an established method in civil engineering for reinforcement of concrete structure. This research project investigates into a novel method of additive manufacture which winds FRP into customizable form-work with industrial robotic arms for concrete casting. Contrasting to the layering process of Fused deposition modeling (FDM), the proposed method is achieved by layered winding of FRP fabric and the simultaneous application of fast cure Epoxy resin, allowing flexibility in the fabricated geometry. The fabricated FRP tubes both serves as form-works for concrete casting as well as structure reinforcement for the final structure components. The candidate will be expected to prototype both in terms of the customized extruding system as well as the fabricated form-work itself to explore the systems,parameters, potentials and restrictions of the topic.

The applicants for this position are expected to have strong background structure engineering, preferable FRP composite materials, as well as previous experience on mechanical design. Knowledge of operating and path planning for industrial robotic is encouraged.

A working knowledge of composite structure, mechanical engineering, industrial robot operation and path planning, digital architecture and fabrication would be of benefit to someone working on this project.


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

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Applications are closed.

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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 have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘FRP-LUOin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of structure engineering, digital fabrication and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of composite material, advance digital design and robotic fabrication is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Dr Dan Luo
+61 7 3346 1205
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

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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.