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AsPr Bernard Rolfe

Position: Associate Head Of School (Research)
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Engineering
Campus: ka4.510, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72417 +61 3 522 72417


Biography summary

Bernard Rolfe completed a combined Economics and Engineering degree with honours in 1995 from the Australian National University (ANU). During his degree he was employed as a graduate research engineer at the BHP Research Labs, investigating better control systems for hot strip steel mills. After he obtained his degree he worked for several years as a Business Systems consultant with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) before starting a PhD at the ANU. He completed his doctorate in 2002 researching novel methods for inverse modeling metal forming processes. This research included an IMechE award winning journal paper. Currently, he is an Associate Professor (equivalent of a tenured Professor in the US system) at Deakin University in Australia. He has been a part of over twelve successful competitive large research grants, totalling over AUD $9 million in awarded funds. He has published over 100 refereed articles. His current research focus is the forming of light weight structures, including the development of better material models for metal forming.  In 2008 Bernard led the Deakin’s successful project team for “Creating the Model-T for the 21st Century – a Global University Challenge”.  Currently, he is the theme leader for the Automotive Technology Cooperative Research Centre’s lightweighting program ($15M worth of projects).


  • Bachelor of Economics, Australian National University, 1992
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Australian National University, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2002


Subjects and units currently teaching

SEM406 - Advanced Modelling and Simulation

SED202 - Mechanical Design

Knowledge areas

Forming lightweight structures, Sheet metal forming, Modelling Material Behaviour, Design of lightweight structures


Research projects

ARC Linkages:

  1. Developing Materials for Flexible Roll Forming - dataM, WISCO, ARM, Bluescope Steel
  2. Developing novel lubrication and sensor solutions to Tool Wear - Ford Australia


  1. Lightweighting canopy structures
  2. Developing tooling life predictor
  3. Flexible Roll Forming a component

Ford Asia/Pacific/Africa:

  1. Forming lightweight structural components

Research interests

  • Sheet Metal Forming
  • Material Modelling
  • Lightweight Design
  • Multi-material optimisation

Research groups

  • IFM Sheet Forming Group
  • IFM Computational Modelling Group
  • Eng 3DP Design

Research page



P.C. Okonkwo, G. Kelly, B.F. Rolfe, M.P. Pereira, :"The effect of temperature on sliding wear of steel-tool steel pairs", Wear, Vol 282-283, 5 April 2012 (Journal impact factor: 1.635).
M. Weiss, B. Rolfe, P.D. Hodgson, C. Yang, "Effect of Residual Stress on the Bending of Aluminium", Materials processing technology, Vol 212, Issue 4, 2012, pp 877-883 (Journal impact factor: 1.567).
M. Weiss, E. Hemmerich, P.D. Hodgson, B.F. Rolfe, "Effect of thermal treatment on the bending properties of pre-strained carbon steel", Materials Science and Engineering A, Vol 528, Issues 13-14, 2011, pp 4528-4536. (Journal impact factor: 1.901).
E. Hemmerich, B.F. Rolfe, P.D. Hodgson, M. Weiss, M, "The effect of pre-strain on the material behaviour and the Bauschinger effect in the bending of hot rolled and aged steel", Materials Science and Engineering A, Vol 528, Issue 9, 2011, pp 3302-3309. (Journal impact factor: 1.901).
S.A. Asgari, M. Pereira, B.F. Rolfe, M.E. Dingle, P.D. Hodgson, "Statistical analysis of finite element modeling in sheet metal forming and springback analysis", Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Vol. 203/1-3 pp. 129-136, 2008. (Journal impact factor: 1.143)
S.A. Asgari, P.D. Hodgson, C.H. Yang, B.F. Rolfe, "Modeling of Advanced High Strength Steels with the realistic microstructure strength relationships", Computational Materials Science, Vol. 45, Issue 4, pp. 860-866, Jun 2009. (Journal impact factor: 1.549).
T. de Souza, B.F. Rolfe, "Characterising material and process variation effects on springback robustness for a semi-cylindrical sheet metal forming process", International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol 52, Issue 12, 2010, pp. 1756-1766. (Journal impact factor: 1.288).
M.P. Pereira, W. Yan, B.F. Rolfe, "Sliding distance, contact pressure and wear in sheet metal stamping", Wear, Volume 268, Issues 11-12, pp. 1275-1284, May 2010, (Journal impact factor: 1.509).
M. Pereira, J.L. Duncan, W. Yan, B.F. Rolfe, "Contact Pressure Evolution at the Die Radius in Sheet Metal Stamping", Journal Materials Processing Technology, Vol. 209, Issue 7, pp. 3532-3541, 2009. (Journal impact factor: 1.143)
M. Pereira, W. Yan, B.F. Rolfe, "Contact pressure evolution and its relation to wear in sheet metal forming", Wear, Vol. 265, pp. 6187-1699, 2008. (Journal impact factor: 1.509).

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