Cold Drawing of Polycaprolactone Fibres

Summary

This project will focus on fine tuning of the PCL fibres morphology through cold drawing. The effect of different cold-drawing regimes resulting in different relative elongations of the fibre will be analysed and their effect on the fibre cross section profile will be examined. This project, in combination with our well-established drawing technology, can provide a method for precise control over the morphology and cross-section shape of PCL fibres.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Ivan Rukhlenko, Professor Simon Fleming, Dr Syamak Farajikhah

Research Location

School of Physics

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

Polycaprolactone (PCL) fibres, which can be fabricated by hot drawing from preforms, find multiple uses in tissue engineering and nerve regeneration. This project aims at exploring the potential of cold drawing of PCL fibres as a post processing technique for efficient modification of fibre parameters. The effect of different cold-drawing regimes resulting in different relative elongations of the fibre will be analysed and their effect on the fibre cross section profile will be examined.

Additional Information

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Examples of inherent requirements may include: 

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting); 
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights; Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.) 

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Keywords

polycaprolactone, fibre drawing, polymer fibres, fibre morphology, tissue engineering

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2655

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