Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology

Design, Manufacturing and Mechanics Research Group


The Design, Manufacturing and Mechanics Research Group (DMM-G) conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research in the area of engineering mechanics and advanced manufacturing and design, with an international reputation of excellence. The group fosters close industry links through deep collaborations.

We bring together researchers through multidisciplinary approaches, capable of conducting research systematically from fundamentals to direct industry applications.

We optimally design functional materials and structures guided by fundamental theory and knowledge, from concept design to final products, using initially digital tools followed by additive manufacturing facilities at Swinburne’s Factory of Future. The physical materials and products are tested in our Impact Engineering Lab.

Our group focuses on theoretical, experimental and computational approaches to solve many of today’s engineering problems. We complement the existing strength of the Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering by fostering close interaction and collaborations among its members and communication with the public.

Our research areas include:

Advanced mechanics of materials and structures

This area is concerned with mechanical behaviour and the fundamental mechanics involved in novel materials and structures. This includes energy absorption, impact mechanics and plasticity theory. The focus of our recent research has been on origami structures, metamaterials, auxetic materials and cellular materials.

Principal researcher: Professor Guoxing Lu

Characterisation of materials and structures

This research field includes the mechanical testing, numerical simulation and microstructure analysis of the deformation mechanisms, and load-carry capacities of materials and structures.

Principal researcher: Professor Dong Ruan

Structural optimisation of macro, micro, and nao-structures

The focus of this research includes topology optimisation of structures, inverse design of materials and metamaterials, and the manufacturing and experimental characterisation of optimal designs.

Principal researcher: Professor Xiaodong Huang

Additive manufacturing

This research area includes the development and characterisation of novel structures and materials processed by polymer-based and metal-based 3D printing technologies. There is a particular focus on high value-added customised products in various sectors such as the tooling, biomedical, aerospace, and automotive industries. Technologies that are currently available include Selective Laser Melting, Cold Spray, Fused Deposition Modelling and Multijet Fusion.

Principal researcher: Professor Syed Masood

Advanced composites

This research area deals with advanced processing (including novel 3D printing methods), multi-scale modelling and the characterisation of reinforced polymer composites. The aim is to fully delineate fundamental materials and manufacturing issues that hamper realisation of the ‘promised’ high mechanical and electrothermal functionalities required from the composite class of materials for new product design applications.

Principal researcher: Dr Mostafa Nikzad

Advanced joining and near net shape manufacturing

Research in this area deals with understanding the evolution of materials and processing the relationships of microstructure properties to improve product quality and performance. The materials processing aspect of this includes joining dissimilar materials, joining-by-forming such as self-pierce riveting; laser-assisted processes such as cladding, heat treatment, and additive manufacturing.

Principal researcher: Dr Yvonne Durandet

Digital design and manufacturing

This research field relates to using Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) tools in Industry context alongside virtual manufacturing and smart management using Industry 4.0 and some typical industry applications. There is also a focus on recently used AVR in rail and tram industries for productivity, quality and safety enhancements.

Principal researcher: Dr Ambarish Kulkarni

Biomechanics and injury prevention

This research field relates mechanics to human anatomy and performance to determine how injuries are caused and can be prevented. Applications in this research field involve implementing novel engineering materials to protective equipment and evaluating their effectiveness or performance. The research is an emerging multidisciplinary field involving engineering sciences, medicine, health, and ergonomics, which has the potential to revolutionise the ways of improving health and quality of life for millions of people worldwide.

Principal researcher: Dr Kwong Ming Tse