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As part of the ongoing collaboration between IFM and Chinese steel giant Wuhan Iron and Steel Corporation (WISCO) four researchers recently arrived in Geelong for a 12-month stay during which they will work on advanced steel and metal forming processes.
Using steel samples being sent over from China the researchers will investigate properties including roll forming experiments and micro-structure changes.
Associate Professor Bernie Rolfe welcomed the group, saying that IFM would benefit from their skills and the chance to work on the WISCO materials.
“It is important for our Metals Group to have an industrial focus,” explains Bernie Rolfe. Much of our work is applied research and we need to have an industry type of question in mind to help drive the research.
“Although Australia has a large amount of iron ore, we don’t have large steel producing companies producing state-of-the-art steel so we very much rely on our links to China and South East Asia.
“WISCO approached us for joint research collaboration and in a short period of time we have grown a number of links and written a few joint papers. We are looking forward to our third WISCO/Deakin conference on Advanced Automotive Steel in September.”
WISCO senior engineer Dr Deng Zhaojun, said the group would be focusing on the research and study of cold stamping and flexible roll forming, including microstructure characterisation and experiments on trial testing parts on advanced high-strength steel from WISCO.
WISCO is the third largest steel making company in China and the seventh in the world.