HDR Scholarship - Hot stamping of light alloys

PhD scholarships are available for cutting-edge research into lightweight multi-material and functional structures as part of the ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures. 

The centre brings together leading academic and industry researchers from RMIT University, Deakin University and Australian National University with key partner Ford and a consortium of local and international industry organisations.

Research topic

PhD Scholarship in hot stamping of light alloys.

Project aim

Hot stamping now provides a new opportunity to address one of the challenges for the introduction of light alloy automotive parts, namely their lack of formability. 

This project aims to address the two key challenges hindering the widespread application of hot-stamping of aluminium alloys: 

  • Characterisation of the forming and failure behaviour of light metals at high temperature, as a basis for expanding the processing window.
  • Understanding the wear of the tooling to increase tool lifespan. 

This work will involve the hot stamping of 6000 and 7000 series alloys. Aluminium is incredibly adhesive when formed at high temperatures. Deakin and its partners have developed some surface treatments for aluminium extrusion tooling, however much more work needs to be done to understand the mechanisms that affect the formability and wear when hot stamping aluminium alloys. The resulting knowledge will be of considerable interest to automotive companies, including industry partner Ford.

The student will be expected to spend extended periods of time in Germany and the USA, while their main office will be situated in Geelong, Australia.

Value and duration


  • A stipend of $31,298 (2017 rate) per annum tax exempt
  • Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for international students for the duration of 4 years


  • Stipend 3 years
  • Tuition fee waivers for 4 years (for international students)

Important dates

Opening date

Now open

Closing date


Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full-time and hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in a related field. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.

How to apply

Please contact Dr Matthias Weiss via email

If you wish to discuss your research interests and project proposal before applying, please contact Dr. Matthias Weiss via email or phone (+61 3 5227 3368) or A/Prof Bernard Rolfe via email.