In the present and foreseeable climate of industry restructuring, the traditional sources of external funding from industry need to be supplemented by new sources, and the new focus of Engineering Mechanics supported by advanced experimental facilities will prepare us ready for future funding opportunities. Applications for competitive ARC grants will be continually encouraged, and they will be reviewed by the memberships to improve the quality of submissions.
Centre for Engineering Mechanics (CEM)
The centre will involve five research fellows, 19 PhD, 5 Master (Hons) students in 2001. The Centre members have had a strong collaborative link with the Key Laboratory for Rolling Technology and Automation at North Eastern University, China, Centre of Computational Fluid Dynamics (National Uni. Singapore), Swedish National Road Authority, Dalhousie University, Halifax (Canada). Collaborative R & D projects are being carried out with Bao Steel Co, and Benti Steel Co in China and Posco Steel in Korea.
These projects involve basic as well as industrial research, incorporating both aspects of computer simulation as well as experimental validation. Through these projects, the collaborative links with industry such as BHP Steel, BHP Research, CSIRO and companies through CRC-Welded Structures, CRC for Railways Engineering have been strong for a number of years.