Research Optimising Airflow and Improving Efficiency of Rotational Moulding Ovens
Engineering, IT, Mathematics and Statistics
- This internship is able to cover project costs for both domestic and international students.
- The Industry Partner has implemented appropriate preparations to comply with Federal and State Government requirements regarding COVID-19 safety. Due to remote arrangements, this internship is now accepting applications from eligible PhD students nationwide.
ABOUT THE INDUSTRY PARTNER
Bushmans Group is Australia’s leading water and industrial tank manufacturer with five manufacturing operations across Australia employing around 110 people. Bushmans design, manufacture and distribute their tanks. Polyethylene tanks are made using the rotomoulding process and the steel tank range is a fabricated product using a range of processes.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
- Work with a national plastics manufacturer operating in the rotational moulding industry.
- Gain the understanding of the rotational moulding process.
- Ability to learn from senior engineers and manufacturing team in a commercial manufacturing environment.
- Using research skills to understand and find solutions to the challenges.
RESEARCH TO BE CONDUCTED
Conduct analysis of oven ducts airflow current state, identify and design improvements, measure results. Identification of oven dead zones and provide an engineering solution to reduce. Review oven shell design and recommend an engineering solution to reduce heat loss. Document changes to cycle time and gas consumption once solutions are executed. Identify areas of heat loss, research and design solutions, and measure outcomes. Conduct measurements and calculations relating to the airflow through oven ducting, and then design solutions and measure the outcomes.
SKILLS WISH LIST
If you’re a PhD student and meet some or all the below we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage women, indigenous and disadvantaged candidates to apply:
- Mechanical engineering and thermal dynamics
Optimise the operation of the rotational moulding oven with the aim to reduce cycle time and reduce gas consumption. Improve the airflow within the oven to improve material distribution of the polyethylene on the water tank mould
The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of scholarship payments.
It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours and 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 are reviewed regularly and this internship may be filled prior to the advertised closing date if a suitable applicant is identified. Early submissions are encouraged.
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