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Miracle fuel

IFM researchers are helping to make hydrogen extraction from water more feasible.

Not just a flight of fancy

IFM researchers get closer to shape-morphing aircraft wings.

Deakin showcases 3D sheet metal forming at Numisheet 2014

Deakin's Professor Jeong Whan Yoon chaired the organising committee for Numisheet 2014.

Master of his destiny

Deakin right fit for (auto)motivated Mohan Setty.

A guiding hand

Aiden Beer's award-winning career takes new turn.

Our Research

Optimising Paint Adhesion To Polymers, FTS Australasia Pty. Ltd. (ARC Linkage project)

Automotive component manufacturers face increasing pressure to use cheap, lightweight materials such as polymers. Adhesion of paint to polymers is crucial to the performance of automotive parts, however raw polymer surfaces are difficult to paint. Using state-of-the-art facilities, this project explores the science underlying a new surface treatment process that shows great potential for improving paint adhesion to polymers. This project will lead to an understanding of how this process modifies surface chemistry and how that impacts on the quality of the polymer/paint interface. This new knowledge will assist manufacturers to implement the process more efficiently for a range of materials.


New Lubricants for Sheet Metal Forming, BP (ARC Linkage project)

There is increasing pressure on manufacturers, including the sheet metal forming industry, to use less toxic lubricants with a number of common additives being banned or being phased out internationally. In the case of automotive manufacturers, this is combined with demand for alternative sheet materials to reduce costs or cater for export markets. Efficient development of new lubricants or replacement additives requires a comprehensive understanding of the interactions between lubricant components and the surface of the sheet metal. This project will explore and model these interactions and how they are affected by the variables in a metal forming process.


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11th February 2014