Reduce Cost and Extend Wear Life of Ground Engaging Tools

Location: Goodna (Brisbane), QLD

Duration: 3 months

Proposed start date: September 2019

Project Background

While there has been significant innovation in developing new design and geometries for excavator bucket wear parts, very little has changed in the materials that are used to manufacture the products. CQMS Razer products are primarily made from cast steel and are manufactured in-house at their foundry in Maryborough, Queensland and by overseas partners in China. As the designer and manufacturer of these products, CQMS Razer want to deliver advancements in material to deliver better value to our customers by reducing the cost to manufacture, while extending the wear life of our products. Additionally, as an Australian manufacturer, CQMS Razer are also seeking to reduce manufacturing input costs for their Australian operations to make Australian manufacturing more competitive against overseas alternatives.

Research to be Conducted

There are two stages to this research project. The first stage is to review CQMS Razer’s current materials and determine what improvements can be to the current material to:

  1. Reduce manufacturing input costs (energy, labour and alloys)
  2. Improve material performance in abrasive wear applications (this may be through material hardness improvements, microstructure improvements or other methods)

The second stage of the research is to propose what areas CQMS Razer focus efforts and resources on to deliver a step change in product wear life of our products.

The research candidate will have access to CQMS Razer’s internal employees and information and will be afforded the opportunity to spend time at the Maryborough foundry in order to understand the processes, materials and capabilities.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:

ESSENTIAL

  • Research interests in materials science and/or engineering
  • Understanding of, and/or experience working with, cast materials
  • Experience in and/or previous exposure to manufacturing processes

DESIRABLE

  • Understanding of the mining industry
  • Understanding of wear mechanisms in abrasive wear applications

Expected Outcomes

CQMS expects that the research will culminate in two reports. The first report outlining a series of changes that can be introduced immediately for their current material that will deliver incremental reductions in manufacturing costs along with improved wear life. The second report will provide recommended areas of research where CQMS direct further resources to develop new materials or significant improvements to their current materials with the purpose of reducing manufacturing costs and delivering a step change in wear life (performance) of their products.

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.

Applications Close

4 September 2019

Reference

APR – 1110