PhD scholarship: Effects of moisture content on the mechanical properties of connections in solid wood products


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 21 October 2020
Closing date 4 November 2020


Moisture is the enemy of all building materials. Moisture is associated with corrosion of steel, spalling of concrete and, of course, deterioration of timber. In timber elements, the main concern with moisture is in relation to its ability to create conditions conducive to biological attack. Nevertheless, water intrusion has much more immediate effects on the mechanical properties of timber associated with swelling of the wood. This detrimental effect is often concentrated in timber connections, around mechanical fasteners.

This project aims to understand the impact of moisture changes on the mechanical properties of connections in solid wood products. It will examine the effects of repeated wetting and drying on connections in timber samples. The results will help engineers design more resistant structures, and evaluate capacity losses in structures that experience wetting. In the long term, the project aims to improve the reputation of timber as a construction material, by increasing the knowledge in timber durability.


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

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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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:

  • check your eligibility 
  • prepare your documentation 
  • contact Dr Luis Yerman ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship

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 ‘MOISTUREin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

  • Students should have a degree in Civil Engineering or related, and a MSc or MEng
  • Computer skills and programming (AutoCAD, Fortran, Matlab) is required
  • Experience in modelling civil engineering structures and/or finite modelling
  • Publications experience in high impact journals will be highly regarded
  • Research experience is desirable, as well as industry experience
  • Minimum IELTS academic score 7 (or TOEFL 100)
Applications are closed.


Dr Luis Yerman
0420 972 825
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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.