Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP170104307 [ 2017 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Prof Timothy Sercombe; A/Prof Anthony Roberts; Prof Xiaozhi Hu; Dr Vivien Challis; Prof Joseph Grotowski

Brief description This project aims to develop a predictive theory of strength for unflawed, low-ductile porous materials – an unsolved problem in computational solid mechanics. Three-dimensional printing of lightweight, porous materials is used in industry, medicine and science. The project will develop the theory and conduct experiments on porous metallic and polymeric samples made using additive manufacturing, which require understanding and optimisation of the building of fine scale features. Understanding strength should improve design of stronger materials, by using and extending the capabilities of three-dimensional printing. These advances will further provide a much-needed basis for a fundamental understanding of fracture in other porous materials important to society such as concrete, rocks, porous ceramics and bone implants.

Funding Amount $347,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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