Dr Daver's research interest is in the industrial processing of polymeric materials into end products, and is focused on developing a theoretical understanding of the interaction between microstructure and processing parameters with the objective of improving the engineering properties of plastics products. She has led several research teams in collaborative research projects with industry partners such as Moldflow International and Visy Industries.
Dr Daver has expertise in:
- Injection stretch blow moulding and injection moulding
- Morphology- processing relationship of polymeric materials
- Simulation and modelling of plastics processing
- Recycling of plastics
- Bio-polymer composites
She has supervised 3 PhD and 2 Masters theses, each funded by industrial scholarships:
- 'Optimisation of design and process conditions for PET containers to prevent stress cracking'
- 'Recycled PET in applications requiring thermal stability at elevated temperatures'
- 'Processing and characterisation of reactive extruded recycled PET';
- 'An investigation of fibre orientation in fibre reinforced plastics';
- 'Visualisation and modelling of transient polymer melt flow';
Dr Daver's research often requires cross-disciplinary collaboration; eg with mechanical, chemical, materials and manufacturing engineering, and applied chemistry.
She has published 14 journal articles and 21 conference papers, and an e-book 'Automotive Materials'.
Accomplishments and achievements
- RMIT University Teaching Award - Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching, (2007); $3,000.
- The Society of Plastics Engineering, Section Education Award, (2007); $US 5,000.
- Short-listed for the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (2008)
- Short-listed for the University Teaching Award - Student Centred Teaching (2006)
- Curriculum design for MEng (Manufacturing) by Coursework Program (2008)
- Courseware development 'Automotive Materials' (2008).
- Courseware development for 'Advanced Materials' (2004).
- E-book 'Automotive Materials' (2008).
Dr Daver is Senior Lecturer in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, specialising in 'engineering materials'. She teaches 'Materials Engineering' and 'Advanced Materials' in the undergraduate degree programmes and 'Automotive Materials' in the newly introduced 'International Automotive Engineering' Masters degree programme.
She is Director of the Master of Engineering (Manufacturing) by Coursework Programme, overseeing its delivery by industry experts, on-going development, student progress and assessment. She is also the academic co-supervisor of the minor thesis projects; an industry-based research scheme in which students are required to investigate an aspect of the manufacturing operation in a local company.
Dr Daver is an active researcher in the field of polymer engineering, and supervises funded research projects studying the relationship between microstructure and processing in engineering applications of polymeric materials.
- PhD (Materials Eng) Monash University, Australia
- MSc (Phys) Gazi University, Turkey
- BSc (Ind Eng) Middle East Technical University, Turkey
- 1999–current S. Lecturer, RMIT University
- 1992–1998 Lecturer, RMIT University
- 1987–1992 Research Scholar, Monash University
- 1985–1986 Researcher, Scientific &Technical Research Council of Turkey
- 1983–1985 Research Scholar, Gazi University, Turkey
- 1982–1983 Ind. Eng., Nasas Pty. Ltd., Istanbul, Turkey
Professional interests and links to industry
- Councillor, Society of Plastics Engineers, Australia New Zealand Section (SPE:A-NZ) 2009-2010
- Education Leader, (SPE:A-NZ) 2005-2007
- Foundation Member, (SPE:A-NZ)
- Member, Plastics Processing Society
- Barr, C.,Wang, L.,Coffey, J.,Gidley, A.,Daver, F. (2017). New technique for the quantification of scratch visibility on polymeric textured surfaces In: Wear, 384-385, 84 - 94
- Daver, F.,Baez Munoz, E.,Shanks, R.,Brandt, M. (2016). Conductive polyolefin-rubber nanocomposites with carbon nanotubes In: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 80, 13 - 20
- Moazzem, S.,Daver, F.,Wang, L. (2016). Modelling of carbon footprint of polyester sports shirt In: Proceedings of the 9th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium in Conjunction with the 6th Asian Protective Clothing Conference (TBIS-APCC 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 12-16 July 2016
- Daver, F.,Shanks, R.,Brandt, M. (2016). Characterization of nanocomposite filaments developed for additive manufacturing In: AIP Conference Proceedings of the Regional Conference Graz 2015 - Polymer Processing Society PPS, Graz, Austria, 21-25 September 2015
- Barr, C.,Wang, L.,Coffey, J.,Daver, F. (2016). Influence of surface texturing on scratch/mar visibility for polymeric materials: a review In: Journal of Materials Science, , 1 - 14
- Daver, F.,Kajtaz, M.,Brandt, M.,Shanks, R. (2016). Creep and recovery behaviour of polyolefin-rubber nanocomposites developed for additive manufacturing In: Polymers, 8, 1 - 10
- Pang, C.,Shanks, R.,Daver, F. (2015). Characterization of kenaf fiber composites prepared with tributyl citrate plasticized cellulose acetate In: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 70, 52 - 58
- Daver, F.,Hadgraft, R. (2015). Linking materials science and engineering curriculum to design and manufacturing challenges of the automotive industry In: Handbook of Research on Recent Developments in Materials Science and Corrosion Engineering Education, IGI Global, United States
- Daver, F.,Abu Nahleh, Y.,Hadgraft, R. (2015). Experiential learning: A case study approach to materials and manufacturing process selection In: The Journal of Materials Education, 37, 1 - 16
- Pang, C.,Shanks, R.,Daver, F. (2014). Bio-composites based on cellulose acetate and kenaf fibers: Processing and properties In: Proceedings of PPS-29 The 29th International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society, Nuremberg, Germany, 15-19 July 2013
- Reduction of crown metal gauge. Funded by: Innovation Connections Grant 2017 from (2017 to 2018)
- Interior material and grain selection methodology for assessing scratch/mar quality performance. Funded by: Ford Motor Company Grant 2015 from (2015 to 2017)
- Testing and Mathematical Modelling service of creep performance of Polypropylene material used in Ford Bumper Fascia's and Grilles. Funded by: Ford Motor Company Grant 2015 from (2015 to 2016)
- Investigation of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and related recycling technologies for manufacture of carbonated soft drink bottles. Funded by: AECM Postgrad Scholarship from (2000 to 2002)
3 PhD Completions and 2 Masters by Research Completions3 PhD Current Supervisions