ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures (ATLAS)

ATLAS aims to accelerate the transformation of Australia's automotive industry through new research capabilities in lightweight automotive structures design and manufacture.

Administered through RMIT University, ATLAS brings together Deakin University, the Australian National University, lead industry partner the Ford Motor Company and a further 12 local and international partner organisations including the CSIRO to address the challenges in lightweighting.

Our role

ATLAS will deliver industry relevant research training to early career researchers at the post-doctoral, post-graduate and undergraduate levels who benefit from both academic and industry mentors. An integrated program of research projects aims to deliver critical knowledge and innovative lightweighting technologies to underpin new high-value products for global markets.

Research program

Building on our strong collaborations between industry and university partners ATLAS will train urgently needed commercially focused researchers specialising in lightweight multi-material structures obtained through advanced, agile and digital manufacturing technologies.

ATLAS comprises an integrated research program encompassing four themes as outlined below:

Lightweight Materials

Research underpinning the development and efficient processing of high-performance lightweight materials like carbon-fibre composites and highly formable metal alloys for the manufacture of next generation lightweight components and assemblies by Australia manufacturers.

Design and Advanced Manufacturing

Advancement of agile and digital manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing, flexible roll forming technologies and multi-material joining techniques to enable local manufacturers to efficiently produce high value products for local and international markets.

Integrated Multi-material Structures

Design and demonstration of smart integrated multi-material structures such as those with gradient physical properties for controlled crush or imbedded functional features like the capacity to store electrical energy for future mobility solutions.

Whole of Life Assessment

Validating the whole of life economic, environmental and societal benefits of next generation lightweight multi-material structures through quantitative life cycle assessments and the development of decision making tools to help guide design choices.

Our people

Prof. Stuart Bateman

Director

Distinguished Prof. Milan Brandt

Chief Investigator

Prof. Mark Easton

Chief Investigator

Prof. Martin Leary

Chief Investigator

Distinguished Prof. Adrian Mouritz

Chief Investigator

Our partners

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Contact us

Website: www.atlas-innovation.com.au
Telephone:
+61 3 03 9925 6048
Email: atlas-innovation@rmit.edu.au
Postal Address:
RMIT University
Building 251,
264 Plenty Rd,
Mill Park, VIC, 3082

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.