Composite Materials

Composite Materials

Modern industries are increasingly relying on the development of new light-weight, strong, durable and environmentally sustainable materials for a range of products. Our research identifies, creates and modifies existing and next-generation materials for multiple applications in the medical, transport and energy sectors. We work with different types of materials, including advanced fibres and hybrid materials. We aim to create composite materials that are recyclable, sustainable and easy to manufacture on an industrial scale.

The crux of any composite material problem is answering the fundamental question, will it fail? This question underlines our entire research program and involves collaborative work with other College research areas, including Computational Mechanics and Manufacturing, and industry partners, such as Ford Motor Company. Our research ranges from more complex, multi-year efforts addressing fundamental questions, to more focused investigations over shorter periods. One of the problems that we are addressing is reducing the weight of automobiles so that people can use less fuel to travel further and reduce emissions.

Our world-renowned research team has access to cutting-edge infrastructure on campus including Australia’s fastest supercomputer facility and state-of-the-art testing equipment.

Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Academic staff

Dr Paul Compston »

Associate Professor

Dr Peter Kreider »

Research Fellow

Professor Qinghua Qin »

Professor

Assoc Professor Takuya Tsuzuki »

Associate Professor

Student

Ross Edgar

Mr Ross Edgar »

PhD Candidate

Ms Ankita Gagrani »

PhD Student

Mahdiar Taheri

Mr Mahdiar Taheri »

PhD candidate

Affiliates

Visitors

Mr Jiaji Cheng »

Occupational Trainee

Mr Xing Tong »

Occupational Trainee

2013

Journal Papers

  1. Compston P, Moran R, Packer E, Greet T, Marr C, Associations Between Local Weather Patterns and the Frequency of Sand Enteritis in an East Anglian Equine Hospital, Equine Veterinary Journal 45:16-16, 2013
  2. Compston P, Payne R, Standing fracture repair–a new chapter, Equine Veterinary Education 25:386-388, 2013
  3. Compston P, Turner T, Payne R, Laser Surgery as A Sole Treatment of Histologically Confirmed Equine Sarcoids: Outcome and Risk Factors for Recurrence, Equine Veterinary Journal 45:2-2, 2013
  4. Stokes-Griffin CM, Compston P, Matuszyk TI, Cardew-Hall MJ, Thermal modelling of the laser-assisted thermoplastic tape placement process, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials:0892705713513285, 2013

2012

Journal Papers

  1. Compston P, Grieve L, Science in brief: Clinical news from the 57th convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, 2011, Equine veterinary journal 44:251-253, 2012
  2. Compston P, Payne R, Active tension‐extension splints: A novel technique for management of congenital flexural deformities affecting the distal limb in the foal, Equine Veterinary Education 24:299-306, 2012

2011

Journal Papers

  1. Muric-Nesic J, Compston P, Stachurski ZH, Process On the void reduction mechanisms in vibration-assisted consolidation of fibre reinforced composite materials, Composites Part A, 42, 320-327, 2011

2010

Journal papers

  1. Compston P, Review of Whole System Design: an integrated approach to sustainable engineering by P. Stasinopoulos, MH Smith, K Hargroves, C Desha, Journal of Cleaner Production 18, 695-695 2010
  2. Stasinopoulos P, Compston P, Jones H, A system dynamics approach to calculating the energy consumed in car component production. In: J. Wellnitz et al. (eds.) Sustainable Automotive Technologies, Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg (2010) 271-277

2009

Journal Papers

  1. Dharmalingam S, Compston P and Kalyanasundaram S. Process variables optimization of polypropylene-based fibre-metal laminate forming using finite element analysis. Key Engineering Materials Vols. 410-411 (2009) 263-269
  2. Di Pietro A, Compston P. Resin hardness and interlaminar shear strength of a glass-fibre/vinylester composite cured with high intensity ultraviolet (UV) light. Journal of Materials Science 44 (2009) 4188-4190
  3. Muric-Nesic J, Compston P, Noble N and Stachurski ZH. Effect of vibrations on void content in composite materials. Composites Part A 40 (2009) 548-551
  4. Pennas D, Cantwell WJ and Compston P. The influence of loading rate on the mode III fracture properties of adhesively bonded composites. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 28 (2009) 1999-2012
  5. Puri, P, Compston P, V Pantano V. Life cycle assessment of Australian automotive door skins. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 14 (2009) 420-428

Conferences

  1. Pennas D, W.J. Cantwell, Compston P. The influence of loading rate on the mode III interlaminar fracture of composite materials. 7th International Conference on Composite Science and Technology (ICCST/7) Sharjah, UAE, January 2009.

2008

Journal Papers

  1. Compston P and Dexter D. The effect of ultra-violet (UV) light postcuring on resin hardness and interlaminar shear strength of a glass-fibre/vinylester composite. Journal of Materials Science, 43 (2008) 5017-5019.
  2. Compston P, Schiemer J and Cvetanovska A. Mechanical properties and styrene emission levels of a UV-cured glass-fibre/vinylester composite. Composite Structures 86 (2008) 22-26.
  3. Muric-Nesic J, Stachurski ZH, Compston P and Noble N. Effect of vibrations on void content in composite materials. Advanced Materials Research 32 (2008) 145-148.
  4. Styles M, Compston P and Kalyanasundaram S. Finite element modelling of skin and core thickness effects in aluminium foam/composite sandwich structures under flexural loading. Composite Structures 86 (2008) 227-232.

Conferences

  1. Di Pietro A, Compston P, Gresham R, Hovland G. Rapid robotic fibre placement with in-situ ultra-violet curing. In: A. Subic et al. (eds.) Meeting the Challenges to Sustainable Mobility. (First International Conference on Sustainable Automotive Technologies). RMIT University Publishing (ISBN 9781921426155) Victoria, Australia (2008) 73-78.
  2. Di Pietro, A., Compston, P., Cardew-Hall, M., Hovland, G., “Robotic Fibre-Composite Placement with In-situ Curing” 7th intl Conf on Sustainable Automotive Technologies, Melbourne, Australia, 4th-7th Nov 2008

2007

Journal Papers

  1. Pennas D, Cantwell WJ and Compston P. The influence of loading rate on the mode III interlaminar fracture of composite materials. Journal of Composite Materials 41 (2007) 2595-2614.
  2. Styles M, Compston P and Kalyanasundaram S. The effect of core thickness on the flexural behaviour of aluminium foam sandwich structures. Composite Structures 80/4 (2007) 532-538.

2006

Journal Papers

  1. Compston P, Styles M and Kalyanasundaram S. Low energy impact failure modes in aluminum foam and polymer foam sandwich structures. Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials 8 (2006) 365-379.
  2. Mosse L, Cantwell WJ, Cardew-Hall MJ, Compston P and Kalyanasundaram S. The development of a finite element model for the stamp forming of fibre metal laminates. Composite Structures 75 (2006) 298-304.
  3. Mosse L, Compston P, Cantwell WJ, Cardew-Hall MJ and Kalyanasundaram S. The influence of process variables on the formability of fibre-metal laminates. Journal of Materials Processing Technology 172 (2006) 163-168.

Conferences

  1. Gresham J, Compston P, S. Kalyanasundaram, W.J. Cantwell, M.J. Cardew-Hall. Out-of-Plane Biaxial Forming of Thermoplastic-based Fibre-Metal Laminates. ECCM-12, Biarittz, France August 2006.

2005

Journal Papers

  1. Mosse L, Cantwell WJ, Cardew-Hall MJ, Compston P and Kalyanasundaram S. A study of the effect of process variables on the stamp forming of rectangular cups using fibre-metal laminate systems. Advanced Materials Research 6-8 (2005) 649-656.
  2. Mosse L, Cantwell WJ, Cardew-Hall MJ, Compston P and Kalyanasundaram S. Effect of process temperature on the formability of fibre-metal laminates. Composites Part A 36 (2005) 1158-1166.

Conferences

  1. Blackert PJ and Compston P. Application of advanced lightweight materials for optimisation of function and weight in vehicle platforms. The 15th International Conference on Engineering Design ICED’05, Melbourne, Australia August 2005.
  2. Campbell J, Compston P and Z.H. Stachurski. Analysis of thermoforming techniques for laminated structures. Innovation: The path for growth in composites – Composites Australia and the Composites CRC Annual Conference, Melbourne, May (2005).
  3. Cantwell WJ, P. Cortes, R. Abdullah, G. Carrillo-Baeza, M. Cardew-Hall, Compston P, S. Kalyanasundaram. Novel fibre-metal laminates based on thermoplastic matrices. The 5th International Conference on Composite Science and Technology (ICCST/5) Sharjah, UAE 1st-3rd February (2005).
  4. Styles M, Compston P, S. Kalyanasundaram. Flexural behavior of aluminium foam/composite structures. O.T. Thomsen et al. (eds), Sandwich Structures 7: Advancing with Sandwich Structures and Materials, Springer, The Netherlands (2005) 487-496.

2004

Journal Papers

  1. Burns M and Compston P. Interfacial fracture toughness of polyester-based fiber-metal laminates with primary contact and secondary adhesive bonding.  Journal of Materials Science 39 (2004) 2855-2859.
  2. Cvetanovska A and Compston P. Degree of cure and tensile properties of vinylester resin cured with ultraviolet light.  Journal of Materials Science 39 (2004) 1791-1793.

Conferences

  1. Abdullah R, G. Reyes, Cantwell WJ, L. Mosse, Compston P and S. Kalyanasundaram. The High Velocity Impact Response of Fibre-metal Laminates. The 5th International Symposium on Impact Engineering, Cambridge, UK, 11th – 15th July (2004).
  2. Campbell J, Compston P, Z.H. Stachurski. Improved manufacture and productivity of a high performance composite oar blade. 11th European Conference on Composite Materials, Rhodes, Greece, 31st May – 3rd June (2004).
  3. Mosse L, Cantwell WJ, M.J. Cardew-Hall, Compston P, S. Kalyanasundaram. Effect of process temperature and blank-holder force on the forming of fibre metal laminate systems. The 11th European Conference on Composite Materials, Rhodes, Greece, 31st May – 3rd June (2004).
  4. Mosse L, Cantwell WJ, M.J. Cardew-Hall, Compston P, S. Kalyanasundaram. Formability characteristics of a self-reinforced polymer-metal laminate in channel forming. The 11th European Conference on Composite Materials, Rhodes, Greece, 31st May – 3rd June (2004).
  5. Mosse L, Cantwell WJ, M.J. Cardew-Hall, Compston P, S. Kalyanasundaram. Forming characteristics of aluminium and glass-reinforced thermoplastic fibre-metal laminates. The 4th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials, Sydney, Australia, 6th – 9th July (2004).

2003

Conferences

  1. Mosse L, Cantwell WJ, M.J. Cardew-Hall, Compston P, S. Kalyanasundaram. Stamping analysis of composite and metal panels. The 9th International Conference on Manufacturing Excellence, Melbourne, Australia, 13-15th October (2003).

Patents

  1. Coman F, Compston P, Stachurski ZH, Reinforced polymer composition, International Patent No. PCT/AU03/01617(2003)

2002

Journal Papers

  1. Cantwell WJ, Jones N, Wade G, Reyes G, Guillen JF and Compston P. The impact response of novel fibre metal laminates. High Performance Structures and Materials 4 (2002) 33-45.
  2. Compston P, Cantwell WJ and Jones N. The influence of loading rate on the interfacial fracture toughness of a polypropylene-based fibre-metal laminate. Journal of Materials Science Letters 21 (2002) 263-266.
  3. Compston P, Cantwell WJ, and Jones N. The influence of loading rate on the interfacial fracture toughness of a polyamide-based fibre-metal laminate. Journal of Materials Science Letters 21 (2002) 383-386.
  4. Compston P, Jar PYB, Burchill PJ and Takahashi K. The transfer of matrix toughness to composite mode I interlaminar fracture toughness glass-fibre/vinylester composites. Applied Composite Materials 9 (2002) 291-314.0
  5. Pantano V, Compston P, Stachurski ZH and Jar PYB. Effect of matrix toughness on the shear strength of brittle and rubber-modified glass-fibre/vinyl ester composites. Journal of Materials Science Letters 21 (2002) 771-773.

Conferences

  1. Cantwell WJ, N. Jones, G. Wade, G. Reyes, J.F. Guillen, Compston P. The impact response of novel fibre metal laminates. The 1st International Conference on High Performance Structures and Composites, Seville 11-13th March (2002).
  2. Cantwell WJ, G. Wade, N. Jones, G. Reyes-Villanueva, J. Ratcliffe and Compston P. The impact response of fiber metal laminates. The 9th International Conference on Composites Engineering (ICCE-9), San Diego, USA, 1st-6th July (2002).

2001

Journal Papers

  1. Cantwell WJ, Wade G, Guillen JF, Reyes G, Jones N and Compston P. The high velocity impact response of novel fiber metal laminates. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Applied Mechanics Division 250 (2001) 1-12.
  2. Compston P and Cantwell WJ. The interfacial fracture toughness of a polyamide-based fiber-metal laminate bonded with an ionomer resin. Journal of Materials Science Letters 20 (2001) 509-512.
  3. Compston P, Cantwell WJ, Jones C and Jones N. Impact perforation resistance and fracture mechanisms of a thermoplastic based fiber-metal laminate. Journal of Materials Science Letters 20 (2001) 597-599.
  4. Compston P, Jar PYB, P.J. Burchill, K. Takahashi. The effect of matrix toughness and loading rate on the mode II interlaminar fracture toughness of glass-fibre/vinyl ester composites. Composites Science and Technology 61 (2001) 321-333.
  5. Tucker R, Compston P and Jar PYB. The effect of post-cure duration on the mode I interlaminar fracture toughness of glass-fibre reinforced vinylester. Composites Part A 32 (2001) 129-134.

Conference Papers

  1. Cantwell WJ, G. Wade, J.F. Guillen, G. Reyes, N. Jones, Compston P. The high velocity impact response of novel fiber metal laminates. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Conference on Impact and Energy Absorption, New York, November (2001)

2000

Book Chapters

  1. Compston P, Jar PYB, Burchill PJ and Takahashi K. The effect of matrix toughness and loading rate on the mode I interlaminar fracture toughness of glass-fibre/vinyl ester composites. Fracture of polymers and composites. Editors J.G. Williams and A. Pavan. European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) Publication 27. Elsevier Science Ltd, Oxford, UK (2000) 37-48.

Journal Papers

  1. Cantwell WJ, Compston P and Reyes G. The fracture properties of novel aluminum foam structures. Journal of Materials Science Letters 19 (2000) 2205-2208.
  2. Compston P, Jar PYB and Takahashi K. The use of crack opening displacement rate to assess matrix-to-composite toughness transfer. Journal of Materials Science Letters 19 (2000) 17-19.
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