We are embracing digitalisation and Industry 4.0 to develop intelligent manufacturing processes using advanced composite materials, to design and produce innovative aerostructures.

Key capabilities

The AIR Hub’s mission is to develop next generation aerostructures for advanced air mobility in Victoria and Australia through our expertise in:

Digitalisation

Intelligent manufacturing processes

Advanced composite materials 

Advanced Air Operations and Human Factors

Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub

Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub

Learn more about the AIR Hub and how we are bringing together industry and research to drive innovation in aerostructures.

Our projects

The AIRHub is driving innovation in aerostructures, focusing on civil, cargo and aeromedical airliners, urban electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air vehicles, and advanced composite materials for the space and satellite industries. This includes:

  • Civil aircraft: focusing on integrated structures to reduce part count and assembly & increase functionality for flight control surfaces and space structures.
  • Advanced Air Mobility including eVTOL: focusing on novel structures that are safe and efficient for delivery drones to passenger-carrying air taxis.
  • Technology Activation: commercialising new technologies through a focused aerospace accelerator & incubator platform.
  • Hydrogen Fuels: working closely with the Victorian Hydrogen Hub to research and develop capacity for hydrogen storage on aircraft and eVTOL vehicles. 

The AIR Hub brings together the research expertise of:

With Australia's aerospace industry leaders:

State-of-the-art facilities

We have access to state-of-the-art facilities to develop and test intelligent manufacturing processes and advanced composite materials in the design and development of innovative aerostructures. This includes:

  • Swinburne-CSIRO National Industry 4.0 Testlab

    The Swinburne-CSIRO National Industry 4.0 Testlab conducts industrial scale multilayer 3D printing for near net composite manufacturing and solutions for automotive and aerospace parts, processes and systems.

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    ANSTO - The Australian Synchrotron

    The only one of its kind in Australia, this major research facility uses powerful beams of light to examine the molecular and atomic details of a wide range of materials.

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    Victorian Hydrogen Hub

    In partnership with CSIRO and ARENA 2036, Swinburne’s Victorian Hydrogen Hub brings together the community to support sustainable manufacturing practices.

  • With AIR Hub, we intend to work particularly on building our capability here in Australia … it gives us the chance to accelerate, do things in a very cost-effective way … and really build on the opportunities for the future of Australia and aerospace manufacturing. This [The AIR Hub] really sets us up to be in the best possible position to deliver into new aeroplane programs of the future.

    Michael Edwards , General Manager, Boeing Research and Technology

Work with us

The AIRHub is a focal point for Australia’s aerospace industry in Victoria and works closely with local SMEs to support their transition and enhance their global competitiveness.  If you’re interested in engaging with the AIR Hub or just want to know more, please contact airhub@swinburne.edu.au.

Do you want to do a PhD with us?

Are you interested in industry 4.0 and the future of aerostructures? Find out more about joining our team as a PhD student on our careers page.

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Are you interested in studying for a Masters with us?

Are digitalisation, intelligent manufacturing or advanced composites your thing?  Are you interested in an applied Masters degree? Find out more about joining our team on our careers page.

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Funded through the Victorian government's Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund.

Contact the AIR Hub

Are you from industry and want to get involved? Are you a member of the community and want to know more? Perhaps you are a student interested in a scholarship? Whatever your query, get in touch with us at airhub@swinburne.edu.au.

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