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Dr Wen Hao Kan

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Wear Resistant Materials

Ph: + 61 2 8627 6570
Fax: + 61 2 9351 7682

Doctorate degree in the development of ferrous metal matrix composites for use in the mining and mineral processing industry
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, honours I) and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) – 2012

Wen Hao graduated from The University of Sydney with an Honours in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics at the end of 2012. He then proceeded to pursue a PhD project with A/Prof Gwénaëlle Proust and Prof. Julie Cairney in collaboration with Weir Minerals Australia Ltd., with the aim of developing new materials that could potentially be used in the mining and mineral processing industry.

Research Project
Wen Hao is working with Prof. Julie Cairney (Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis) and A/Prof. Gwenaelle Proust (School of Civil Engineering) on the development of wear resistant materials for mining and mineral processing applications in collaboration with Weir Minerals Australia Ltd.

Other research interests

  • Characterisation of materials using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and advanced electron microscopy techniques.
  • Understanding the relationship between the properties and microstructure of materials subjected to harsh service environments.
  • Development of industrially relevant mechanical testing techniques.
  • Development of advanced ceramics that can be used as reinforcements for metal matrix composites

Selected publications

  1. Kan, W. H., Ye, Z. J., Zhu, Y., Bhatia, V. K., Dolman, K., Lucey, T., Tang, X., Proust, G., & Cairney, J. (2016). Fabrication and characterization of microstructure of stainless steel matrix composites containing up to 25vol% NbC. Materials Characterization, 119, 65-74.
  2. Hanaor, D. A. H., Hu, L., Kan, W. H., Proust, G., Foley, M., Karaman, I., & Radovic, M. (2016). Compressive performance and crack propagation in Al alloy/Ti 2 AlC composites. Materials Science and Engineering: A, 672, 247-256.
  3. Benitez, R., Kan, W. H., Gao, H., O'Neal, M., Proust, G., & Radovic, M. (2016). Room temperature stress-strain hysteresis in Ti 2 AlC revisited. Acta Materialia, 105, 294-305.
  4. Kan, W.H., Bhatia, V., Dolman, K., Lucey, T., Tang, X., Chang, L., Proust, G. and Cairney, J., 2018. A study on novel AISI 304 stainless steel matrix composites reinforced with (Nb0. 75, Ti0. 25) C. Wear, 398, pp.220-226.
  5. Kan, W.H., Albino, C., Dias-da-Costa, D., Dolman, K., Lucey, T., Tang, X., Chang, L., Proust, G. and Cairney, J., 2018. Microstructure characterisation and mechanical properties of a functionally-graded NbC/high chromium white cast iron composite. Materials Characterization, 136, pp.196-205.
  6. Abdulaziz Kurdi, Wen Hao Kan, Li Chang (2018). Tribological behaviour of high performance polymers and polymer composites at elevated temperature Tribology International, Vol 130, pp 94-105.
  7. Julius N.Domfang Ngnekou, Yves Nadot, Gilbert Henaff, Julien Nicolai, Wen Hao Kan, Julie M. Cairney, Lionel Ridosz (2018), Fatigue properties of AlSi10Mg produced by Additive Layer Manufacturing International Journal of Fatigue, Vol 119, pp 160-172.
  8. Wen Hao Kan, Carlos Albino, Daniel Dias-da-Costa, Kevin Dolman, Timothy Lucey, Xinhu Tang, Julie Cairney, Gwénaëlle Proust (2018). Fracture toughness testing using photogrammetry and digital image correlation MethodsX, Vol 5, pp 1166-1177.
  9. Wen Hao Kan, Gwénaëlle Proust, Vijay Bhatia, Li Chang, Kevin Dolman, Timothy Lucey, Xinhu Tang, Julie Cairney (2018). Slurry erosion, sliding wear and corrosion behavior of martensitic stainless steel composites reinforced in-situ with NbC particles Wear,

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