USQ composites research recognised with top Australian ranking


The University of Southern Queensland has topped a national ranking of institutes for composites research.

On Tuesday USQ announced the top place in a list compiled by newspaper The Australian and based on citations over the last five years in the top 20 journals in the field.

The university’s Centre for Future Materials announced significant investments late last year, including the first industrial-scale dual-ring fibre braider in Australia and $500,000 worth of test equipment. According to the CFM it runs test services for over 1,000 business clients.

This year USQ began collaborative projects  — supported by the Innovative Manufacturing CRC and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre — to build composite tanks for rocket company Gilmour Space.

The university also announced the appointment of Dr John Russell, Chief of the Structures Technology Branch at US Air Force Research Laboratory, as a new adjunct professor.

“He was the manager of the Department of Defence’s largest composites program, the Composites Affordability Initiative, which enabled bonding of primary aircraft structures,” said Institute of Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences Executive Director, Professor Peter Schubel.

“Currently, he is the senior manager of team that develops and transitions new airframe structures technology for safety, reliability, affordability, and efficiency.”

Picture: Radial Braiding Machine for advanced composite preform (T4L)

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