Analysis of the Sustainability Attributes of Alternative Materials for the Construction and Operation of Light Rail Networks in an Australian Environment

Location: Chippendale, Sydney NSW

Duration: 6 months

Proposed start date: May 2018

Keywords: Energy, Energy Reduction, Greenhouse Gases, Carbon Footprint, Carbon, Urban Heat, Life Cycle Analysis, Whole of Life Analysis, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Materials, Alternative Materials, Light Rail, Rail Construction

Project Background

Parramatta Light Rail is one of the NSW Government’s latest major infrastructure projects being delivered to serve a growing Sydney. Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres. This will be the first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail project and is expected to open in 2023. In October 2017, the NSW Government announced the preferred route for Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2, which runs east from Stage 1 at Rydalmere to Melrose Park, south to Wentworth Point via a new Parramatta River crossing, and on to Sydney Olympic Park via Hill Road to Carter Street.

The Project is seeking to maximise its sustainability outcomes (including via the ISCA rating system) and expertise on the sustainability of alternative materials could contribute to this objective.

Research to be Conducted

Research on alternative materials for light rail infrastructure should focus on the following factors:

a) Minimisation of energy use and carbon footprint; and

b) Urban cooling. Analysis undertaken by the project, as well as detailed design documents, will be made available to the intern, subject to confidentiality agreements being signed.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills:

• Material Science
• Sustainability
• Environmental Science
• Engineering
• Whole of Life / Life Cycle Analysis

Expected Outcomes

A presentation and report on the attributes of particular materials and their applicability to the Project. These would include recommendations (which the Project would not be bound to adopt).

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.
It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.
The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
• Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
• PhD candidature must be confirmed
• Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
• Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university

Applications Close

20 April 2018


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