The use of carbon fibre as a structural reinforcement for body structure applications is currently under investigation at the Ford Motor Company. Recent results have shown that significant weight savings can be achieved with similar or enhanced component performance in static and crash tests. Roll forming is frequently used at Ford for the manufacture of structural and crash components from UHSS. In comparison to hot stamping, roll forming promises lower tooling costs at higher material utilization and output rates. The process is continuous and material is fed from a coil which reduces material handling.
This project proposes the manufacture of long structural components from CFRMH by roll forming. A manufacturing scenario is anticipated that will establish the combination of carbon fibre composite with roll formed sheet metal structures with the main aims of the research to address the associated challenges of combining these dissimilar materials. This PhD Scholarship is in collaboration with the Ford (Australia and Global, USA) Motor Company. The applicant may have to spend some time at the Ford Motor Company.
The aims of this project will include the manufacture and analysis of CFRMH sheet at Deakin Universities Carbon Nexus followed by the investigation of forming limits of CFRMH in simple bending deformation and its effect on system properties. Based on the above, advanced numerical material models will be developed with major focus on the accurate prediction of potential error states and failure modes in forming. The developed numerical model will be used to develop a process design for roll forming CFRMH followed by optimization and proof of concept with numerical analysis. Focus will be on the roll forming of structural members - prototype manufacture and experimental proof of concept will be performed on IFM’s world’s first flexible forming facility.
Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed
This scholarship is available over 3 years.
- Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
- Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
- International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years
To be eligible you must:
- be either a domestic or international candidate
- meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
- be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.
Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.
How to apply
Please apply using the expression of interest form
For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Matthias Weiss
Dr Matthias Weiss
Senior Research Fellow
Email Matthias Weiss
+61 3 522 73368