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Would you drive a bamboo car?
A new IFM project, supported by the AutoCRC, investigates the use of bamboo as an alternative natural fibre for use in automotive applications.
Earlier work by IFM researchers has shown that bamboo has antibacterial properties and also offers UV protection – properties that could help improve the durability of bio-composites. As manufacturers around the world look for ways to meet new regulations for recyclability, these materials offer obvious advantages.
The next step is to combine bamboo with another natural fibre in order to further tailor the properties and thus the performance of the bio-composites.
Cooperative Research Centres
The IFM collaborates with three Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). CRCs improve the effectiveness of Australia’s research effort through bringing together researchers in the public and private sectors with end users. The CRC program links researchers with industry and government with a focus towards research acceleration and application.
Excellerate Australia (formerly AutoCRC) is a visionary partnership heavily involving Deakin University. It's set to make Australia a leader in the design of new lightweight environmentally friendly cars.
Energy Pipelines CRC
The Energy Pipelines CRC was established in early 2010 for the purposes of providing research and education to support and benefit the energy pipelines industry in Australia. Its aim is to provide value to the Australian community through facilitating the development of safer, more efficient and reliable energy pipelines.
Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC)
The IMCRC will accelerate Australia’s rapid transition into high-value, knowledge-based manufacturing.
It will do this through leadership, support and the facilitation of innovative manufacturing organisations and entrepreneurs as the visible leaders of the Australian manufacturing sectors of the future.
Concrete carpet combo
A collaboration between IFM researchers, Geelong’s GT Recycling and Australia’s largest carpet manufacturer, Geelong-based Godfrey Hirst, has resulted in a new technology for recycling polymer textiles.
Working closely together, they were able to modify the polymers in carpet to maximize recycling potential. This resulted in a new product, GTfibrecrete, which is used as a longer-life, lower-maintenance alternative to wire mesh as reinforcement in footpaths, gravel and road surfaces.
Deakin conducts its research with a wide variety of industry partners in order to accelerate application outcomes, provide students with industry experience and to foster collaborative environments.