March 2022 

 Improving design, manufacturability and performance

IMCRC has granted cutting-edge fire rated and acoustic panel system manufacturer, Speedpanel, and Deakin University $100,000 in funding to refine Speedpanel’s steel panel manufacturing process. 

During the 10-month research collaboration, the project team will use new steel forming and joining solutions to further enhance Speedpanel’s production technology, with a focus on reducing waste and optimising and strengthening panel design. This research will also support Speedpanel’s high-volume production output and enable the business to have a more refined platform for continued expansion locally and abroad. 

Commenting on the project, Lindsay Evans, Speedpanel’s Sales and Operations Manager, said the IMCRC activate funding would assist Speedpanel to further revolutionise the way it manufactures its fire-rated and acoustic systems. 

“By streamlining manufacturing processes with innovative joining solutions and advanced techniques for material monitoring and process control, we’ll be able to evolve our product offering and bring a more environmentally friendly and sustainable panel system to market,” he said. 

“Tapping into Deakin’s expertise in material analysis and forming process control will enable us to assess and monitor material properties and key production parameters throughout the process to enhance process efficiency, enabling better quality control and reducing waste.” 

 (Resource:  IMCRC)

27 Sep. 2021

Two PhD postions with scholarship (~AUD 29,000 p,a.) and other benifits* provided.

For more information, please refer to project description link below.

Project 1: Micro-forming titanium foil to improve costs and performance of hydrogen fuel cells

Project 2: Giving new life to scrap metals by advanced manufacturing

*PhD Scholarship – Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP) / Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPR) | Deakin


July 2021

ATLAS (ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures) All Hands Workshop was held at Workshop at Waurn Ponds Estate, Deakin University. Post Docs and PhD students of the ATLAS Program presented their research project updates at the Workshop.  Due to the pandemic, this is the first face-to-face workshop held in 2021.  Three keynotes speakers were invited: John Jaranson from Ford Motor Company USA, Chris Wong from Department of Transport Victoria and Prof. Matthew Barnett from Deakin University.


(Credit: Cara)


November 2020

New publication

Dr Shiromani Gangoda Desinghege,  Prof. Peter Hodgson and Dr Matthias Weiss have a new paper on “Microstructure effects on the material behaviour of magnesium sheet in bending dominated forming “ in Journal of Materials Processing Technology . In this paper, crystal (C-axis) orientation of magnesium sheet was controlled by cutting sheets from a hot rolled block. Combined with heat treatment to produce different conditions for grain size and material strength this enabled for the first time to separately analyse the effect of material strength, grain size and C-axis orientation on the springback of AZ31 sheet metal. Pure and V-bending tests were performed and combined with advanced Digital Image Correlation (DIC) to experimentally determine the neutral layer shift for different levels of outer fibre bending strain before and after springback. Read more

August 2020

New publication

Dr Yong Sun,  Yixin Duan and Dr Matthias Weiss along with collaborators from Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organization (ANSTO), University of Newcastle and Baosteel have a new paper on “Forming-Induced Residual Stress and Material Properties of Roll-Formed High-Strength Steels “ in Automotive Innovation. This paper investigates the forming-induced longitudinal residual stress and material property variation in a roll-formed high-strength MS1180 automotive rocker panel. The finite element analysis results for residual stress are validated by neutron diffraction measurements. It is found that the flower design, in particular the overbending stages, play a significant role in the formation of residual stress and the change in material properties. Read more