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Professor Dong Ruan

Department Chair, Professor (ORCID: 0000-0001-8463-0568)
PhD, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; MEng, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China; BEng, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China


Prof. Dong Ruan’s research interests include: (1) characterisation of the mechanical properties of various materials at high strain rates; (2) evaluation of the mechanical response of structures (such as multi-layered panels and tubes) under dynamic loadings; (3) additive manufacturing. She has published over 220 academic papers in top international journals and prestigious international conferences. Ruan has secured over $20 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 20 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

Ruan is an Associate Editor of Engineering Structures, an Editorial Advisory Board member of International Journal of Impact Engineering, and Vice-secretary of International Society of Impact Engineering. She received the 2013 Eureka Prize as a team member of DMTC's Armour Applications Program in the Safeguarding Australia category. Ruan is the Winner of the Faculty Awards in Research Supervision and Woman Researcher of the Year in 2019.

2021 Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) Scholarship Round is open till 29 October 2021 for local students (i.e. Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents). Please contact me if you are are Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents, and are interested in studying PhD in the areas mentioned above at Swinburne.

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.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: 3D Printed Composites under Extreme Conditions: Experiment and Simulation *; Defence Science Institute
  • 2021: Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 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 *; KSI Global Australia Pty Ltd
  • 2020: Ballistic testing services for helment prototype specimens *; Fortitude Pty Ltd
  • 2020: Graphene-enabled Structural Health Monitoring *; Defence Innovation Hub - Innovation Contract
  • 2019: Blast and Shock Modelling Phase 2 - 9.82 *; DMTC
  • 2019: Nurturing Graduates for Australian Automotive Engineering Futures - Automotive Engineering Graduate Program *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2019: Phase 2: Benchmarking of Kinetic Fusion technology 3D printed parts *; Innovation Connections
  • 2018: 2018 visiting fellowship scheme - Prof. Tongxi Yu *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 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
  • 2018: R2.7.3 Manufacturing of Lightweight Panels *; Rail CRC Projects
  • 2017: Evaluation of Hybrid Structures for Impact Performance in Rail Applications *; Rail CRC Projects
  • 2017: Primer: engineering a high temperature plasma breakdownSIEF STEM+ Business Fellowship Program *; CSIRO - Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF)
  • 2016: Developing auxetic composite system for protective engineering applications *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2016: Land vehicle alternative materials characterisation - Project 6.04 *; DMTC
  • 2015: New manufacturing capability - Project 5.0 *; DMTC
  • 2014: Development of metal/polymer hybrid structures *; AutoCRC - Development of metal/polymer hybrid structures
  • 2013: AutoCRC project 3-113: Advanced Energy Absorption Devices *; AUTO CRC Proactive Maintenance
  • 2013: In-wheel motor drive train for light EV *; AUTO CRC Virtual Design and Manufacturing
  • 2013: Incremental forming for rapid tooling *; AUTO CRC Virtual Design and Manufacturing
  • 2013: Use of Self-Piercing Rivets with Ultra-High Strength Steel Panels *; AUTO CRC Virtual Design and Manufacturing
  • 2012: eWood characterisation *; Automotive Australia CRC 2020
  • 2012: High Strain Rate Analysis of Titanium *; DMTC
  • 2010: Auto CRC Final Student Project Agreement - Priestly Maniphet *; CRC for Advanced Automotive Technology
  • 2010: Auto CRC Final Year Student Project Agreement - Jiadi Wu *; CRC for Advanced Automotive Technology
  • 2010: CAST Scholarship for Gayan Rathnaweera *; CRC for CAST Metals Manufacturing
  • 2010: Comparison of Mechanical and Welded Joints for Construction of Components for Armoured Vehicles *; DMTC
  • 2010: Student Agreement with Martin Vcelka *; Automotive Australia CRC 2020

* Chief Investigator

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