Materials and structures
Many of the big questions society faces – including those relating to energy technology, building product technology, human health and environmental sustainability – can only be addressed with an advanced understanding of materials and structures, and their performance under various conditions.
Given the crucial role of materials and structures in contemporary technological platforms, this research group, set up in July 2012, has the potential to establish the University as a world-class hub of research and engineering in this field.
The research team
The core research team, led by Professor Simon Ringer, includes Professors Tim Langrish, Yiu-Wing Mai, Kim Rasmussen, Andrew Ruys, Liyong Tong and Lin Ye.
As well as conducting their own research, these team members support more than 30 postdoctoral fellows and 60 PhD students, each of whom benefits from the opportunity to undertake cross-disciplinary research with access to internationally recognised senior researchers with specialised expertise in their field.
Networks and collaborations
The Materials and Structures research cluster interacts and collaborates with other research clusters within the faculty as well with the Faculty of Science and the Sydney Medical School.
It also has connections with the Australian Institute of Nanoscience, and with industry in the fields of advanced manufacturing, mining, biomedical science, water filtration, technology licensing, energy and communications.
The cluster's research focuses on three interrelated areas:
- the interface between these two components.
Current research in each of these three areas includes the following.
|Materials||Materials fabrication, testing, characterisation and processing, nanomaterials (nanocomposites, wires, tubes, membranes), molecular sieves, multifunctional materials, self-healing and self-sensing materials, smart materials, metals, polymers, granular materials, cellular materials, bio-materials|
|Structures||Structural systems, metal structures, composite structures, nanostructures, bone structures, lightweight structures, multifunctional structures, continuum mechanics, structural stability and dynamics, structural design, topology optimisation, structural reliability|
|Interface||Multiscale analysis (macro, meso and micro scales), constitutive modelling (crystal plasticity, fracture, fibre reinforcement, delamination), numerical methods (FE, FSM, ISFSM, DEM, MD), pre- and post-processing|
Given the pervasive role of materials and structures in contemporary technological platforms, the Materials and Structures research cluster has enormous potential to establish the University of Sydney as a world-class hub of research and engineering in this important field.