mineAlloy annual meeting 2019

The mineAlloy team had its annual meeting in Waurn Ponds earlier this week. The meeting was well attended by delegates from around the country and from overseas.

The morning session included presentations by Prof Veli-Tapani Kuokkala from Tampere University (Finland), Mr John McCracken from Australian Ceramics Engineering in Perth, and Prof Matthew Barnett from Deakin University.

The afternoon session was dedicated to the students and researchers, who gave short presentations about their respective projects. Finally, the researchers met with their counterparts in industry to discuss the progress and to plan the next steps.

The attendees described the conference as a fantastic opportunity for cross-learning and collaboration.

Training course on wear of materials

mineAlloy is hosting Materials Australia for a training course on wear of materials and wear testing. The course will take place in Waurn Ponds Estate on Wednesday 6th of November and will be delivered by Paul Huggett, who has over 30 years experience in research, manufacturing and failure analysis of wear resistant materials. The content of the course is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice. For more information, please follow this link.

George starts MPhil at UQ

George Galis officially commenced his MPhil at the University of Queensland in October 2019. He will work on NiHard white cast iron for ore chute liners under the guidance of Dr Jeff Gates, researching advanced alloying additions to enhance the wear performance.

George recently obtained his Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Queensland. His thesis was dedicated to the influence of alloy properties and testing conditions on the performance of white cast Irons in the ball mill abrasion test.

mineAlloy researchers attend IUMRS-ICA conference in Perth

Researchers from Monash University attended the IUMRS-ICA conference in Perth, between 22nd and 26th September 2019. Xiaohan Weng and Chunkit Sit presented their work on “Advanced steel design for abrasive wear resistance” and “Direct laser deposition of WC/Co cermets as wear resistant coatings” respectively, in the session dedicated to Advanced Structured Materials chaired by Prof Chris Hutchinson (Monash University), Ma Qian (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and Michael Ferry (University of New South Wales). Matthew Barnett, from Deakin University, also attended the event to deliver an invited talk on Advanced Metallurgy.

Vadim starts postdoctoral fellowship on FEA/DEM modelling

Vadim Zolotarevskiy recently joined the mineAlloy team at Deakin University as a postdoctoral research fellow in FEA and DEM modelling. Vadim received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. During his Master’s Vadim investigated the effect of tangential loading on tribological phenomena in elastic-plastic spherical contact. Vadim’s PhD focused on heat transport in low-dimensional model and mechanisms of energy diffusion leading to normal heat conductivity.

After completing his PhD, Vadim worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University (United Kingdom) in collaboration with SKF Engineering and Research Centre (Netherlands). The project focused on finite element modelling and analysis of lubricated silicon nitride rolling elements with surface imperfections. In parallel, Vadim also worked as simulation software developer in a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme between Bournemouth University and BEASY Ltd.

Distinguished visitor at Monash: Prof Yves Brechet

Prof Yves Brechet, member of the French Academy of Sciences, visited Monash University for a few weeks as part of a growing international collaboration with Prof Chris Hutchinson. Yves’ research interests span the fields of physical metallurgy, thermodynamics, microstructures, phase transformations, plasticity, fracture micromechanics, material selection, structural materials design, biointerfaces, structural biomimetics. In his recent visit to Australia, Yves also spent a day at Deakin Waurn Ponds discussing the research projects with mineAlloy students and researchers.

Bradken joins the mineAlloy training centre

Bradken Pty Ltd has joined the mineAlloy training centre as a new industrial partner. Bradken specialise in wear solutions for mining equipment, including GET, crawler systems, mill liners, crusher liners, wear monitoring systems and service support.

The research projects will cover a wide range of exciting topics, including: optimisation of alloy compositions and heat treatments, development of novel alloys for cast products and for hardfacing applications, improved wear testing methods, advanced modelling techniques and analysis of field performance data.

The addition of Bradken strengthens the mineAlloy Centre and expands the research and training opportunities for our HDR students and postdoctoral fellows.

UQ researchers attend trial at Weir

A team of researchers from University of Queensland attended an industrial trial at Weir Minerals’ facilities in Artarmon. The trial aimed to validate some of the findings made by UQ’s researchers on white cast irons and to upscale the methods. The team also took the opportunity to review the progress and plan the next steps of their research projects.

Kabir starts postdoctoral research fellowship on Mechanics of Wear

Mohammad Sharear Kabir has recently joined the mineAlloy team at Deakin University as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mechanics of Wear.

Kabir obtained his bachelor’s degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). After his graduation, he worked as a Research Assistant in projects involving aluminium alloys for automotive sector and lead-free solder alloys for high temperature applications, in collaboration with Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR, Bangladesh).

Kabir conducted his PhD at The University of New South Wales (UNSW, Sydney). His research focused on investigating the structure-property relationships in hard wear-resistant coatings. During his PhD, he gained experience in advanced material characterization techniques (FIB, TEM, SEM, AFM, XRD and XPS). Subsequently, Kabir worked as a post-doc at UNSW, investigating the structure-property relationships, scratch adhesion and tribological behaviour of multilayer diamond like carbon (DLC) coatings.

Heat treatment trial at Keech

Researchers from Deakin University and Keech Castings conducted a heat treatment trial, which involved instrumenting steel blocks and ground engaging tools with thermocouples, and collecting data throughout the heat treatment cycle. The trial provided valuable information to validate Computational Fluid Dynamic models and will help researchers to design new alloy compositions and heat treatments.

Ali joins the research team at Deakin

Alireza Vahid recently joined the mineAlloy centre at Deakin University as research engineer. Alireza graduated in Materials Science and Engineering and was involved in several industrial projects over the subsequent eight years. He received his PhD from IFM-Deakin University in 2016, conducting research on the mechanical properties of biocompatible and biodegradable Mg composite foams.

Alireza has worked for IFM as research fellow since his graduation, particularly on light alloys and rapid alloy development methods. His research experience includes a wide range of manufacturing processes (casting, machining, heat treating), materials characterisation techniques (dilatometry, thermal analysis, X-Ray diffraction and electron microscopy) and mechanical testing methods.

New postdoctoral research fellow at Deakin

Charline Le Nue has recently joined the mineAlloy team at Deakin University as postdoctoral research fellow. Charline graduated in Chemistry at The National Superior School of Chemistry (ENSCCF) in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She subsequently obtained her Master’s degree in the field of Metallic Materials, working on the development and the characterisation of new maraging stainless steels (precipitation hardened martensitic steels) for aerospace applications in the research department of Aubert & Duval Company.

Charline conducted her PhD at the Clement Ader Institute (ICA in Albi, France) and at the Inter-university Center of Materials Research and Engineering (CIRIMAT in Toulouse, France) in collaboration with Aubert & Duval Company. The title of her PhD thesis is “Study of the relationship between microstructure and fracture toughness of maraging stainless steels”.

Following her PhD, Charline completed a post-doc position at the Science, Engineering, Materials and Processes laboratory (SIMaP in Grenoble, France) in collaboration with The Technology Research Institute of Materials, Metallurgy and Processes (IRT-M2P in Metz, France) and Safran Landing Systems (Bidos, France). The project focused on the influence of grinding and shot peening processes on the microstructure of the Custom 465 maraging stainless steel.