Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials

Computer Modelling

Nano structured metals


The Computer Modelling group develop the prediction of material behaviour when it is being deformed. Modelling methods include analytical models, finite element analysis, multi-scale analysis, as well as some artificial intelligence techniques. The modelling group has grown out of the STAMP collaboration between Ford Australia, Deakin University and the Australian National University.

The IFM has a modelling group that works in conjunction with the other groups in the centre. The group consists of around 10 research students, 6 post-doctoral fellows and 2 staff members. The projects range from developing our own finite element code, to modelling metals and composites.

One of the highlights of the modelling group is that we were the number one group to predict the springback of an aluminium deck-lid for Benchmark 1 of the Numisheet 2005 conference. Numisheet is an international conference on the numerical modelling of sheet forming operations. We even out-performed Volvo who stamp aluminium parts.

Summary of the Modelling group's research

Group members

  • Dr. Alireza Asgari
  • Ms. Sandy Benness
  • Mr. Paul Collins
  • Dr Tim de Souza
  • Dr. Weimin Gao
  • Mr. Sam Han
  • Dr. Michael Pereira
  • Dr. Dominic Phelan
  • Mr. John Robin
  • Dr. Bernard Rolfe
  • Dr. Filip Siska
  • Dr. Matthias Weiss
  • Dr. Richard Yang


  • Akbar Abvabi
  • Klaus Fiedler
  • Danny Hurst
  • Cameron Ball
  • Yongmei Du
  • Paul Okonkwo
  • Ranjani Sudharsan
  • Jiangting Wang

Associated Members

  • Dr. Matthew Dingle
  • Emeritus Prof. John Duncan

Computer Modelling Group members

Finite element codes used by the group

  • Abaqus (including UMAT, UEL, and UHARD)
  • Autoform
  • Cosmos suite
  • Forge2005
  • Hyperworks suite (Optistruct)
  • LS-Dyna
  • Xanthus (Deakin/VPAC code)
  • Matlab (Finite Element scripts)

Computational resources

  • Computer lab of 12 workstations
  • Time allocation on both VPAC and APAC

VPAC = Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing

APAC = Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing

Industry partners

  • Ford Australia
  • Bluescope Steel
  • Holden General Motors
  • Bishop

Research partners

  • The Australian National University
  • Monash University
  • VPAC
  • AGH (Krakow, Poland)

We would also like to acknowledge the support of Emeritus Prof. John Duncan

Simulation spring-back results of numisheet inner deck-lid benchmark

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

14th March 2013