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Professor Guoxing Lu

Associate Dean Research, School of Engineering; Director, Joint Research Centre (China); Professor
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge , United Kingdom; Master of Science, Cranfield University , United Kingdom; Bachelor of Engineering, Jilin University , China


Professor Guoxing Lu is Associate Dean Research, School of Engineering. He is also Director of Impact Engineering Laboratory and Director of Joint Research Centre in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials. He first joined Swinburne in 1995, after his post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge and lecturing at the Nanyang Technological Univeristy (NTU), Singapore. He established the Impact Engineering Laboratory in 1997 ( ) and became a full Professor in 2004. After a successful career at Swinburne, Professor Lu moved back to NTU for a few years as a tenured faculty member. He carried on supporting research in impact engineering at Swinburne as Adjunct Professor. In 2015, Professor Lu came back to Swinburne as Professor of Impact Engineering. 

Professor Guoxing Lu's research interests are in impact mechanics, advanced structures and mechanical properties of novel materials. Such fundamental knowledge has a wide range of applications, which are also his interests. These include structural crashworthiness (automotive, marine, rail and aerospace structures--whether they are metallic or composites), design of light-weight structures and materials,  ballistic impact and blast loading, design of protective gears for sport impact, and design of novel structures and materials (such as deployable structures, origami structures, cellular and auxetic materials). 

Professor Lu is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Impact Engineering and President of International Society of Impact Engineering.  He is a member of Editorial Board of the International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Composites Part B, Thin-Walled Structures and several other prestigeous international journals.   He successfully organised several international conferences such as the11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Engineering Plasticity and Its Applications (AEPA2012) and the 5th International Conference on Design and Analysis of Protective Structures (DAPS2017). He guest-edited several issues of International Journal of Impact Engineering, International Journal of Mechanics Sciences and International Journal of Protective Structures. He has published one monoraph "Energy Absorption of Structures and Materials" (2003, with Professor TX Yu) and over 250 papers in international journals. 

Professor Lu was Deputy Dean of previous Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne; and Assistant Chair (Research) in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NTU. He was Chair of Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering until October 2019, when he became Director of the Joint Research Centre . 

Professor Guoxing Lu studied Automotive Engineering in Jilin University, China. He was awarded a British Council Scholarship and obtained his MSc in Automotive Product Engineering from Cranfield University. He then moved to the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse) to conduct PhD on structural mechanics, under the spuervision of Professor CR Calladine (FRS, FREng). After two and a half years, he submitted his PhD thesis and then worked as a post-doctoral research assistant with Professor Calladine. His publication list is also available at

Research interests

Impact Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Novel Structures and Materials, impact and blasting loading; Material properties at high loading rates

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Energy absoprtion of materials and structures: The project will be concerned with energy absorption performance of structures and materials under quasi-static and dynamic loadings. It involves experiments, finite element analysis and analytical modelling.

Impact behaviour of novel materials and structures: The project will be concerned with energy absorption performance of structures and materials under quasi-static and dynamic loadings. It involves experiments, finite element analysis and analytical modelling.

Infrastructures subject to extreme loadling: This project aims to design and analyse novel infrastructures which will be resillient under extreme conditions from natural hazards or man-made attacks. 


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Design and analysis of deployable structures: This project aims to develop structures that can change shape. Some possilbe applications include satelite antena, solar panels and robot arms etc..

Fields of Research

  • Mechanical Engineering - 401700
  • Automotive Engineering Materials - 400202

Teaching areas

Engineering Mechanics


Also published as: Lu, Guoxing; Lu, G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Design and Additive Manufacturing of Tuneable Origami-inspired Metallic Phononic Crystals *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2021: Dynamic Properties of Mechanical Metamaterials: Optimization and Experiment *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2021: Mechanical Properties of Additively Manufactured Metamaterials using Machine Learning *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2020: Performance based assessment of building cladding against hailstorms *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2020: Quantification and development of helmet blunt impact protection for the future combat helmet *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2019: ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2019: Nurturing Graduates for Australian Automotive Engineering Futures - Automotive Engineering Graduate Program *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2019: Visiting Fellowships Scheme 2019 - Professor Jang-Kyo Kim *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: 2018 visiting fellowship scheme - Prof. Tongxi Yu *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: National Laser-Based Non-Destructive Evaluation System *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2018: Origami Structures and Materials: Energy Absorption and Impact Mechanics *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2018: R2.7.3 Manufacturing of Lightweight Panels *; Rail CRC Projects
  • 2017: 2017 Defence Science Technology Group Maritime Future Technology Watch Program *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2017: Evaluation of Hybrid Structures for Impact Performance in Rail Applications *; Rail CRC Projects
  • 2016: Land vehicle alternative materials characterisation - Project 6.04 *; DMTC
  • 2016: National Drop Weight Impact Testing Facility *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2016: Sandwich Structures with Folded Core under Impact and Blast Loading *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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