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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


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Light Metals

an image of extruded Aluminium profiles

Extruded profiles

Reducing the weight of vehicles for increased fuel efficiency is a high priority and this has intensified the focus on lightweight metals. The Light Metals Research Group aims to understand and exploit the metallurgy of deformation in magnesium, aluminium and titanium to optimise processing techniques and final properties.

The group has expertise in the following key areas:

  • Thermo-mechanical processing (forging, drawing, rolling, extrusion)
  • Alloy development
  • Deformation mechanisms
  • Crystallographic texture development
  • Formability / ductility
  • Electron Back-Scattering Diffraction

Researchers are involved in a wide range of activities including:

  • Extrusion alloy and process development.
  • Understanding Hall-Petch behaviour for twinning dominated flow.
  • Thermo-mechanical processing of powders.
  • Extrusion and properties of tubes.
  • Deformation twinning phenomena.
  • Relationship between formability and deformation mechanisms.
  • Modelling recrystallization (dynamic and static).
  • Crystallographic texture development during deformation and annealing.


Steel research at the Institute for Frontier Materials focuses on developing greener processes and products for a more sustainable and socially responsible steel industry.

Key research activities include:

  • Application of advanced high strength steel for light weighting in the automotive industry
  • Development of strip casting technologies
  • Application of advanced characterisation techniques to understand strengthening of steels
  • Fundamental understanding of phase transformation in steel
  • Development of a thermo-mechanical processing approach to refine microstructure
  • Novel nano-scale characterisation approach to understand the structure-property relationship in high-strength steels.

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27th July 2015