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Professor Dong Ruan

Chair, Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering
PhD, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; MEng, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China; BEng, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China


Prof. Dong Ruan’s research interests include: (1) additive manufacturing of continuous fibre reinforced composite materials and structures; (2) characterisation of the mechanical properties of various materials at high strain rates; (3) evaluation of the mechanical response of structures (such as multi-layered panels and tubes) under dynamic loadings. She has published over 240 academic papers in top international journals and prestigious international conferences. Ruan has secured over $29 million research grants from Australian Research Council (ARC), Defence Materials and Technology Centre (DMTC), Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology (AutoCRC), CAST CRC and Rail Manufacturing CRC, among others. Ruan has supervised more than 40 PhD students. Some of her recent projects include:

  • 3D printing of continuous fiber reinforced composites
  • Mechanical properties of auxetic materials/structures fabricated by 3D printing techniques
  • Dynamic properties of metamaterials produced by addictive manufacturing (Multi Jet Fusion, Fused Deposition Modeling and Cold Spray)
  • Evaluation of hybrid structures for impact performance in rail applications
  • Characterisation of sandwich panels subjected to impact loading
  • Development and characterisation of lightweight tubular structures for automotive industry
  • Crashworthiness of composite tubes
  • Adiabatic shear band in metals

Dong is an Associate Editor of Engineering Structures, an Editorial Advisory Board member of International Journal of Impact Engineering, and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust). She received:
  • Eureka Prize in 2013 as a team member of DMTC's Armour Applications Program in the Safeguarding Australia category
  • the Faculty Awards in Research Supervision and Woman Researcher of the Year in 2019
  • AGM Michell Medal from the Institution of Engineers Australia in 2022

Dong obtained her Bacheclor and Master degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and PhD from Swinburne University of Technology. She has worked at Swinburne since 2005.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Numerical Modelling And Mechanical Characterisation - 401706
  • Structural Engineering - 400510
  • Manufacturing Engineering - 401400


Also published as: Ruan, Dong; Ruan, D.; Ruan, Tracy D.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Developing and evaluating marine coating *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2024: Experiment-numerical-virtual Generative Design for Nondeterministic Impacts *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2022: (Top up) Investigation of potential for graphene oxide to improve the strength of 3D-printed fibre-reinforced composites *; Brown Coal Innovation Australia Limited Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Bio-inspired coating *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2022: Building National Cybersecurity Capabilities for Digital Transformation in Manufacturing *; Next Generation Graduates Program
  • 2022: Converting Used Tyres to Road Safety Roller Barrier: Technology Development *; Sustainability Victoria
  • 2022: The effect of graphene on the properties of 3D printed fiber/epoxy composites *; CASS Foundation Science and Medicine Grants
  • 2021: 3D Printed Composites under Extreme Conditions: Experiment and Simulation *; Defence Science Institute
  • 2021: Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) *; Department of Education and Training (Vic)
  • 2021: Blast and Shock Modelling Phase 3 *; DMTC
  • 2021: Electro-Optical Primers for Safe Use and Clean Manufacturing *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2021: Road Safety Barriers: Assessment of Standard Systems and Optimisation of Emerging Designs *; Road Safety Innovation Fund
  • 2020: Ballistic testing services for helment prototype specimens *; Fortitude Pty Ltd
  • 2020: Graphene-enabled Structural Health Monitoring *; Defence Innovation Hub - Innovation Contract
  • 2020: Production and Tests of Nanofiber Composites *; King’s Flair International Holdings Limited
  • 2019: Blast and Shock Modelling Phase 2 - 9.82 *; DMTC
  • 2019: Co-construction of Electronic Arc Extinguishing Research and Development Project *; Semitri Pty Ltd
  • 2019: Nurturing Graduates for Australian Automotive Engineering Futures - Automotive Engineering Graduate Program *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Cwlth)
  • 2019: Phase 2: Benchmarking of Kinetic Fusion technology 3D printed parts *; Innovation Connections
  • 2018: 2018 visiting fellowship scheme - Prof. Tongxi Yu   *; Visiting Fellowships Scheme
  • 2018: 3D printing of automotive spare parts and high value accessories *; Excellerate Australia
  • 2018: New Generation Facility for Impact Testing *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2017: Primer: engineering a high temperature plasma breakdownSIEF STEM+ Business Fellowship Program *; CSIRO - Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF)
  • 2016: Land vehicle alternative materials characterisation - Project 6.04 *; DMTC
  • 2015: New manufacturing capability - Project 5.01 *; DMTC
  • 2014: Development of metal/polymer hybrid structures *; AutoCRC Ltd
  • 2012: High Strain Rate Analysis of Titanium *; DMTC
  • 2010: Auto CRC Final Student Project Agreement *; AutoCRC
  • 2010: Auto CRC Final Year Student Project Agreement *; AutoCRC
  • 2010: CAST Scholarship - Properties of Metal/Epoxy Foam Hybrid Structures *; CRC for CAST Metals Manufacturing
  • 2010: Comparison of Mechanical and Welded Joints for Construction of Components for Armoured Vehicles *; DMTC
  • 2010: Student Agreement: Mechanical Response of Novel Sandwich Panels: Deformation and Energy Absorption *; Automotive Australia CRC 2020
  • 2009: Lightweight Modular Vehicle Platform AutoCRC Project Agreement *; Automotive Australia CRC 2020
  • 2008: Developing Lightweight Vehicle Structures (2) (AutoCRC Postgraduate Student Agreement) *; AutoCRC
  • 2008: Developing lightweight vehicle structures (Postgrad research scholarship) *; Automotive Australia CRC 2020

* Chief Investigator

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