Key projects undertaken by the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Centre.
Baseline-free methods for early damage diagnosis using nonlinear ultrasound
Funding: ARC Discovery, 2015-17, $443 900
Investigators: C. Wang, M. Veidt (University of Queensland), W-K Chiu (Monash University), F. Rose (DSTO), H. Sohn (KAIST)
Overview: This project looks at self-generated nonlinear waves for non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring techniques. The major applications are:
- impact damage in advanced composite materials
- non-destructive evaluation of structures made by additive manufacturing
- detection of hard-to-inspect locations in unitised structures.
Multifunctional three-dimensional non-crimp fibre preforms for polymer composites: Innovative high-value products for the Australian textiles industry
Funding: ARC Linkage, 2014-17, $297 000
Investigators: A. Mouritz, C. Wang, F. Coman
Overview: This project aims to create a type of three-dimensional woven fabrics that are strong and clever (health monitoring, self-healing).
Strong and durable flame-retarding composites by multi-scale encapsulation and reinforcement
Funding: ARC Linkage, 2014-17, $225 000
Investigators: J. Ma, C. Wang, A. Mouritz, J. Xu, H. Kuan, T. Zong, Z. Wang
Partner: University of South Australia
Overview: Fire safety is a globally significant problem. We will develop polymer composites that combine enhanced fire resistance with high durability and that can be deployed in a broad range of current and novel building products.
Towards autonomous structural safety prognostics: Integrating in-situ imaging and predictive modelling
Funding: ARC Discovery, 2012-2015
Investigators: C. Wang, M. Veidt, F. Rose
Overview: This project aims to advance a scientific basis for autonomous safety prognostics by developing predictive models and in-situ damage imaging principles. Development of this new health prognostic approach will overcome the significant challenge of safety assurance of composite structures in the presence of in-service damage, which is largely hidden.
Fibre-sized energy generators and storage in multi-functional fabrics
Funding: ARC Linkage, 2012-14
Investigators: S. John, C. Wang and L. Wang
Industry partner: FCST