PhD Students


Victoria Zinnecker


Project Title: Optimisation of laser-assisted automated fibre placement (AFP) for manufacture of metal-composite hybrids
Abstract: This project will develop a production-viable AFP process for reinforcement of metallic components with automated placement of unidirectional TPCs. The research will include investigation of surface texturing of metal substrates for optimal laser absorption and metal composite bond quality; metalcomposite interaction with possible adhesive inclusion and/or treatments; thermal modelling and measurements of the bond line temperature history to understand the effects of process parameter settings; and analysis of process constraints, limits of geometrical complexity for automotive part manufacture and cycle times.

University: ANU
Scholarship: ARC Training Centre
Supervisor: Prof. Paul Compston & Dr. Chris Stokes-Griffin

Yiwen GU


Project Title: Abrasive waterjet machining of composites


University: UNSW
Scholarship: ARC Training Centre
Supervisor: Prof. Jun Wang, Prof. Gangadhara Prusty & Dr. Lina Girdauskaite

Veldyanto Tanulia


Project Title: Damage tolerance of bonded patch repairs for primary structures


University: UNSW
Scholarship: ARC Training Centre
Supervisor: Prof. Gangadhara Prusty, Dr. Garth Pearce & Dr. Matthew David

Puneet Garg


Project Title: Nano-scale materials and coatings for enhancement of functional properties of carbon composites
Abstract: The research will focus on developing and characterizing nano-scale functional coatings for high performance composites applicable to several industry sectors, such as aerospace, automotive and elite sport. It will include, for example, the integration of graphene into polymer matrices to enhance electrical, thermal and mechanical properties; and coatings for controlled surface wetting such, as ultra/super-hydrophobic and super-hydrophilic films, for self-cleaning, anti-icing , and anti-fogging application, and water droplet manipulation. The research will support the overall aim for the Centre to integrate carbon composite tapes with enhanced functionality into the automated manufacturing chain.

University: ANU
Scholarship: ARC Training Centre
Supervisor: A/Prof. Antonio Tricoli & Prof. Paul Compston