Fields of Research (FoR)Solid mechanics, Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation, Composite and hybrid materials, Composite and Hybrid Materials
Scientia Professor Chun Wang is currently the Head of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, the Director of the ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health, and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (FTSE). He joined UNSW in 2016 as a SHARP professor in recognition of his world-leading research and leadership. In 2022 he was elected UNSW Scientia Professor, a special category of...view more
Scientia Professor Chun Wang is currently the Head of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, the Director of the ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health, and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (FTSE). He joined UNSW in 2016 as a SHARP professor in recognition of his world-leading research and leadership. In 2022 he was elected UNSW Scientia Professor, a special category of Professor that recognises outstanding research and international eminence in their fields.
Prior to joining UNSW, he held appointments as the Head of Advanced Composites Technologies at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation between 1995 and 2009, and the Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre at RMIT University between 2009 and 2016. He received his bachelor's degree from Huazhong University Science and Technology in 1985 and Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 1991, where he carried out his post-doctoral research until 1993.
His research focuses on advanced composites technologies, including high-performance load-carrying structures and soft composites for wearable sensors, actuators, and energy storage devices. In 2020 his team has partnered with an Australian SME manufacturer Omni Tanker and Lockheed Martin to begin commercial-scale production of lightweight composite vessels for the transportation and storage of liquid hydrogen at minus 253 degrees Celsius. The vessels build on a key technology developed by his team in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and Omni Tanker, which enables composite vessels to operate at liquid hydrogen temperatures without matrix cracks, a challenge that has, up until now, prevented mass-market adoption of these materials for such applications. Media Release.
In 2021 he successfully led the application of an ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health. As the Director of the ARC Research Hub, he leads the strategic partnership between 29 Australian companies and 64 researchers to co-design, verify, and certify sensors that industry partners will deploy to global health markets.
He serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of a number of professional journals, including Composites Science and Technology and Composites Part A. His past service experience to the professional community includes the ARC College of Experts (2013-2015), the Chair of the National Committee on Applied Mechanics (2013-2015), and the President of the Australian Fracture Group (1997-2003). He has chaired and co-chaired a number of international conferences, including the 11th International Fatigue Congress (Melbourne Australia, 2014) and the 22nd International Conference on Composite Materials in 2019.
Some current research projects include:
- ARC-Discovery project (2019-2021) Novel multiscale fibre composites for cryogenic space technologies, Prof. Chun H. Wang, Dr. Shuying Wu, Prof. Tony Kinloch, and Dr. Francis Rose. This project aims to develop novel composite materials technologies for cryogenic fuel storage applications by suppressing microcracking of fibre composites at cryogenic temperatures.
- ARC-Discovery project (2018-2020) Nonlinear frequency mixing methods for materials and damage evaluation, Prof. Chun H. Wang, A/Prof Martin Veidt, Dr. Francis Rose. This project aims to systematically investigate new approaches for frequency mixing in nonlinear ultrasonics and to demonstrate their potential for the non-destructive evaluation of material degradation and early damage detection.
- ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre (ARC ITTC 2018-2022) in Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies (2017-2021), Prof. G. Yeoh, Prof. Chun Wang, et al. This ARC Training Centre aims to train a cohort of industry-focused researchers to improve the fire safety of lightweight materials and structures and fire protection systems including fire suppression. Video.
- ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub (ARC ITRH 2019-2024) for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions, Prof. Joe Dong, G. Wang, R. Amal, K-F Aguey Zinsou, J. Bao, and Chun H. Wang, et al. This project aims to develop advanced energy storage technologies, including printed batteries, structural supercapacitors, innovative fuel cells, power-to-gas systems, and integrate these storage solutions with existing energy networks and applications using novel storage monitoring, control and optimisation technologies.
- CRC-P (2018-2021) Development of an Advanced Fire Retardant for Polymers and Textiles, in collaboration with Fire Security International. Prof. G. Yeoh, Chun H. Wang, and Cyrille Boyer.
- CRC-P (2019-2021) Autonomous intelligent fire protection system, in collaboration with Fire Security International. Prof. Chun H. Wang, G. Yeoh, and Cyrille Boyer.
- Defence Science and Technology Group (2019-2020) Integrated computational material engineering, Prof. Graham Schaffer (Melbourne University) and Prof. Chun H. Wang.
- ARC-Discovery project (2015-2017) Baseline-free Methods for Early Damage Diagnosis using Nonlinear Ultrasound. Prof. Chun H. Wang, A/Prof M. Veidt (UQ), Prof. W-K Chiu (Monash), Prof. F. Rose (DSTO), Prof. H. Sohn (KAIST). Self-generated nonlinear waves for non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring techniques. Major applications: (a) impact damage in advanced composite materials, (b) non-destructive evaluation of structures made by additive manufacturing, and (3) detection of hard-to-inspect locations in unitized structures.
- ARC-LIEF (2018) National laser-based non-destructive evaluation system, Prof. Chun H. Wang, et al. The project establishes the first Australian national facility on non-destructive evaluation, consisting of 3D scanning laser vibrometer, laser shearography, and an optical de-rotator, to enable full-field characterisation of the deformation and damage state of materials and structures.
- ARC-Linkage project (2015-2017) Strong and durable flame-retarding composites by multi-scale encapsulation and reinforcement. Dr Jun Ma, Professor Chun Wang, et al.
- ARC-Linkage project (2015-2017) Multifunctional three-dimensional non-crimp fibre preforms for polymer composites: innovative high-value products for the Australian textiles industry. Professor Adrian Mouritz, Professor Chun Wang, and Associate Professor Floreana Coman.
- ARC-Discovery Project (2014-2016) Aligning and Chaining Carbon Nanofillers in Fibre Composites: Synergistically Improving Damage Tolerance and Diagnosis. Investigators: Prof Chun H. Wang, Dr. Jin Zhang, Prof. Adrian P. Mouritz, A/Prof K. Ghorbani, Prof Anthony Kinloch (FRS, Imperial College of London)
To advance a new concept of aligning nano-scale reinforcements along the thickness direction of composite materials. The new composite material will offer dual scale reinforcement to address through-thickness weaknesses of fibre-reinforced composites and improved electrical conductivity.
- ARC-Linkage Project (2012-2016) Improving affordability of composite materials to meet sustainability challenges: carbon fibre wheel to drive clean technology. Chief Investigators: Prof Chun H. Wang, Prof A. Mouritz, Dr A. Akbar; Dr T. Hilditch, Dr A Alireza; Dr M. Dingle; Prof Q. Yang and Dr B Cox
- The project will develop new technologies to improve the affordability of carbon fibre composites for non-aerospace applications. The outcome of this project will greatly accelerate the insertion of lightweight composites in clean energy products, such as carbon fibre composite wheels, to drastically reduce CO2 emissions of road transport.
- Reversible hydrogen fuel cell technology, Capability Technology Demonstrator (2014-2016), Department of Defence. A/Prof. John Andrews and Prof. Chun Wang
2018 Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (FTSE)
2015 RMIT University Research Excellence Award
2013 Best Research Performance Award, RMIT University
2011 Achievement Award for Science and Engineering Excellence, DSTO
2009 Best Research Award, DSTO
2002 Defence Science Fellowship, DSTO
2000 Best Research Award, DSTO
1999 Australian Academy of Science Fellowship Award.
1998 Best Scientific Paper Award, DSTO.
1995 Best Paper Award by the Journal of Strain Analysis.
My Research Activities
Professor Wang's research focuses on the mechanics of advanced materials and manufacturing, including multifunctional composites and light alloys. He has co-authored two books on composite repairs and more than 400 articles and reports (Google Scholar and Research Gate). His research has made great impacts on engineering practice for fatigue design, advanced composites, and structural health monitoring of aircraft. His innovations have been incorporated in world-leading software for fatigue design (Wang-Brown model in MSC Fatigue), engineering manuals/standards for designing composite repairs, and time-reversal imaging algorithm adopted in international patents and commercial products for structural health monitoring. He is currently leading a number of research projects on nano-scale engineering of multifunctional composites with enhanced electrical, thermal and mechanical properties with potential applications to improve anti-static, electromagnetic shielding, strain sensing, energy storage, damage detection, and flame retardancy capabilities of polymers and fibre composites.
A recent example of working with industry partners is to develop conformal radar antenna for unmanned surface vessels.
In 2020 his team has partnered with an Australian SME manufacturer Omni Tanker and Lockheed Martin to begin commercial-scale production of lightweight composite vessels for the transportation and storage of liquid hydrogen at minus 253 degrees Celsius. The vessels build on a key technology developed by his team in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and Omni Tanker, which enables composite vessels to operate at liquid hydrogen temperatures without matrix cracks, a challenge that has, up until now, prevented mass-market adoption of these materials for such applications. Media Release.
In 2021 he successfully led the establishment of ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health, which brings together 30 companies and 64 researchers to co-design, verify, and certify sensors that industry partners will deploy to global health markets.
Recent plenary presentations at international conferences:
- 9th National Committee on Applied Mechanics, Sydney, 2017
- 11th Asia-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials, Cairns, 2018
- European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, Manchester, 2018
- Asia Pacific Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, Hong Kong, 2018
- Emerging Sensing Technologies Summit, Melbourne, 2018
- 13th International Conference on the Mechanical Behaviour of Materials, June 2019
- 10th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, 29 November - 1 December 2021
- 12th International Conference on Structural Integrity and Failure, 5-8 December 2021
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Advanced fibre composite materials and structures
Adhesive bonding and composite repairs
Flexible and stretchable sensors for health monitoring
Structural energy storage (structural batteries and structural capacitors)
Ms Yuyan Yu (PhD candidate): Multi-modality sensors
Mr. Wenkai Chang (PhD candidate): Nano-engineering of carbon fibre composites for liquid hydrogen storage
Mr. Feng Huang (PhD candidate): Mechanically stiff and soft capacitors
Mr. Andrew Charles (PhD candidate): Fibre-Reinforced Magneto-Polymer Matrix Composites for Unmanned Air Systems
Mr. Benjamin Tynan (PhD candidate): Structural supercapacitors
Mr. Gang Li (PhD candidate): Flexible composites for sensing and energy harvesting
Mr. Wenmu Yang (PhD candidate): Non-toxic flame retardants for polymers and composites
Mr. Yuansen Qiao (PhD candidate): Piezoelectret sensors
Mr. Shanshi Gao (PhD candidate): Self-powered sensors and actuators