Professor Chun Wang is the Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre, which consists of 28 academic staff and over 50 postgraduate research candidates. His research focuses on the advanced composite materials, fatigue and fracture, structural health monitoring, and energy storage.
Professor Chun H. Wang is the Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre
Professor Wang’s teaching responsibilities include Aerospace Design, Advanced Aerospace Structures, and Aerospace Special Topics.
Professor Wang currently provides supervision to 6 postdoctoral research fellows and 14 PhD/MEng research students in the area of advanced composite structures, adhesive bonding and repairs, fatigue crack growth and life prediction, multifunctional material systems (energy generation, storage, and communication), and structural health prognostics.
In the news:
- Composites Research
- Reversible hydrogen fuel cell
- RMIT University Research Excellence Award (2015)
- Aerospace Research
Professor Wang's research involves work in five main areas:
- Advanced composite materials and structures, with focuses on design, nano-engineering, manufacturing, and theoretical modelling.
- Fatigue, fracture, solid mechanics.
- Adhesive bonding and composite repair technologies;
- Multifunctional structures, including structural health monitoring, load-carrying conformal antenna
- Hydrogen fuel cell.
Professor Wang’s H-index is 32 and the total number of citations is 3920 as of November 2015. A full list of publications is available on Google Scholar.
- ARC-Discovery project (2015-2017) Baseline-free Methods for Early Damage Diagnosis using Nonlinear Ultrasound. Prof. C. Wang, A/Prof M. Veidt (UQ), Prof. W-K Chiu (Monash), Prof. F. Rose (DSTO), Prof. H. Sohn (KAIST).
Self-generated nonlinear waves for non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring techniques. Major applications: (a) impact damage in advanced composite materials, (b) non-destructive evaluation of structures made by additive manufacturing, and (3) detection of hard-to-inspect locations in unitised structures
- ARC-Discovery Project (2014-2016) Aligning and Chaining Carbon Nanofillers in Fibre Composites: Synergistically Improving Damage Tolerance and Diagnosis. Investigators: Prof Chun H. Wang, Dr. Jin Zhang, Prof. Adrian P. Mouritz, A/Prof K. Ghorbani, Prof Anthony Kinloch (FRS, Imperial College of London).
To advance a new concept of aligning nano-scale reinforcements along the thickness direction of composite materials. The new composite material will offer dual scale reinforcement to address through-thickness weaknesses of fibre-reinforced composites and improved electrical conductivity.
- ARC-Linkage project (2015-2017) Strong and durable flame-retarding composites by multi-scale encapsulation and reinforcement. Dr Jun Ma, Professor Chun Wang, Professor Adrian Mouritz, Professor Jian Xu, Associate Professor Hsu Kuan, Mr Tony Zong, Mr Zhong Wang
- ARC-Linkage project (2015-2017) Multifunctional three-dimensional non-crimp fibre preforms for polymer composites: innovative high-value products for the Australian textiles industry. Professor Adrian Mouritz, Professor Chun Wang, Associate Professor Floreana Coman
- ARC-Linkage Project (2012-2016) Improving affordability of composite materials to meet sustainability challenges: carbon fibre wheel to drive clean technology. Chief Investigators: Prof C. H. Wang, Prof A. Mouritz, Dr A. Akbar; Dr T. Hilditch, Dr A Alireza; Dr M. Dingle; Prof Q. Yang and Dr B Cox.
The project will develop new technologies to improve the affordability of carbon fibre composites for non-aerospace applications. The outcome of this project will greatly accelerate the insertion of lightweight composites in clean energy products, such as carbon fibre composite wheels, to drastically reduce CO2 emissions of road transport.
- ARC-Linkage Project (2012-2015) Fibre-sized energy generators and storage in multi-functional fabrics: Prof S. John, Prof C. H. Wang, A/Prof Lijing Wang.
This project proposes to do away with conventional batteries for powering portable or wearable devices by developing wearable fabrics capable of energy generation. The outcome will be a robust fabric with the capability of powering wearable or portable devices in the communications, health-care, sports and defence industries.
- Reversible hydrogen fuel cell technology, Capability Technology Demonstrator (2014-2016), Department of Defence. A/Prof. John Andrews and Prof. Chun Wang
- Lightweighting technologies, Defence Materials and Technology Centre (2014-2015)
- PhD, University of Sheffield, UK, 1991
- M.Eng, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, 1987.
- B.Eng, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
- 1995-2009: Head of Advanced Composites Technologies and Principal Research Scientist, Air Vehicles Division, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia.
- 1994-1995: Lecturer, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.
- 1993: Research Fellow, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
- 1990-1993: Research Fellow, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
- Member of Australian Research Council College of Experts (2013-2015).
- Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives.
- Editorial Board Member, Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures.
- Editorial Board Member, Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer and Composites Science.
- Immediate past Chair of National Committee of Applied Mechanics, Engineers Australia (2013-2014).
- President of Australian Fracture Group (2012-).
- 2015: RMIT University Research Excellence Award
- 2012: Research Publications Performance Award, Platform Technologies Research Institute, RMIT University.
- 2011: DSTO Achievement Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering. The award citation reads: "For providing scienti?c leadership to a team of people in the development of innovative repairs to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft".
- 2009: Best Research Award for development of Coherent Doppler Tomographic (CDT) imaging technique, Air Vehicles Division, DSTO
- 2000: Best Research Award for work on small fatigue crack modelling, Platform Science Laboratory, DSTO
- Sept. – Nov. 1999: Australian Academy of Science Fellowship Award and Visiting scientist, Harvard University, MA, USA
- 1998: Best Scientific Paper Award for developing analysis methodology for crack patching, DSTO.
- 1995: Best Paper Award by the Journal of Strain Analysis.
- Agius, D.,Kajtaz, M.,Kourousis, K.,Wallbrink, C.,Wang, C.,Hu, W.,Silva, J. (2017). Sensitivity and optimisation of the Chaboche plasticity model parameters in strain-life fatigue predictions In: Materials and Design, 118, 107 - 121
- Blanloeuil, P.,Rose, F.,Guinto, J.,Veidt, M.,Wang, C. (2016). Closed crack imaging using time reversal method based on fundamental and second harmonic scattering In: Wave Motion, 66, 156 - 176
- Agius, S.,Joosten, M.,Trippit, B.,Wang, C.,Hilditch, T. (2016). Rapidly cured epoxy/anhydride composites: Effect of residual stress on laminate shear strength In: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 90, 125 - 136
- Araby, S.,Qiu, A.,Wang, R.,Zhao, Z.,Wang, C.,Ma, J. (2016). Aerogels based on carbon nanomaterials In: Journal of Materials Science, 51, 9157 - 9189
- Wu, S.,Zhang, J.,Ladani, R.,Ghorbani, K.,Mouritz, A.,Kinloch, A.,Wang, C. (2016). A novel route for tethering graphene with iron oxide and its magnetic field alignment in polymer nanocomposites In: Polymer: the international journal for the science and technology of polymers, 97, 273 - 284
- Fisher, A.,Ravi, S.,Watkins, S.,Watmuff, J.,Wang, C.,Liu, H.,Petersen, P. (2016). The gust-mitigating potential of flapping wings In: Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 11, 1 - 13
- Ladani, R.,Ravindran, A.,Wu, S.,Pingkarawat, K.,Kinloch, A.,Mouritz, A.,Ritchie, R.,Wang, C. (2016). Multi-scale toughening of fibre composites using carbon nanofibres and z-pins In: Composites Science and Technology, 131, 98 - 109
- Agius, D.,Wallbrink, C.,Kourousis, K.,Wang, C.,Kajtaz, M. (2016). Fatigue analysis of transport aircraft structures using advanced cyclic plasticity models - an assessment In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Integrity and Failure (SIF-2016), Adelaide, Australia, 12-15 July 2016
- Wu, S.,Ladani, R.,Zhang, J.,Ghorbani, K.,Zhang, X.,Mouritz, A.,Kinloch, A.,Wang, C. (2016). Strain sensors with adjustable sensitivity by tailoring the microstructure of graphene aerogel/PDMS nanocomposites In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8, 24853 - 24861
- Fowler, C.,Orifici, A.,Wang, C. (2016). A review of toroidal composite pressure vessel optimisation and damage tolerant design for high pressure gaseous fuel storage In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41, 22067 - 22089
- Automated Fibre Braiding Facility for Multifunctional Structural Materials . Funded by: ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) 2016 from (2016 to 2016)
- National Rock, Concrete and Advanced Composite Testing Capability - Administered by The University of Queensland. Funded by: ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) 2016 from (2016 to 2016)
- Multifunctional Three-Dimensional Non-Crimp Fibre Preforms for Polymer Composites: Innovative High-Value Products for the Australian Textiles Industry. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2014 Round 1 from (2015 to 2018)
- Baseline-free Early Damage Diagnosis using nonlinear ultrasonics. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2015 from (2015 to 2017)
- Strong and Durable Flame-Retarding Composites by Multi-scale Encapsulation and Reinforcement - Administered by the University of South Australia. Funded by: ARC Linkage Projects via Other University Grant 2014 from (2014 to 2017)
14 PhD Completions and 2 Masters by Research Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions and 4 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions