Australian-based automotive technology company Carbon Revolution has formed a $15 million research and development partnership with Deakin University to deliver advanced manufacturing technologies for composite wheels.
The research and development project, facilitated by the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), will give Carbon Revolution access to Deakin University’s material science and engineering capabilities, according to Carbon Revolution’s CEO, Jake Dingle.
“This project has the potential to take our technology more rapidly to the next level, which will further strengthen our global leadership and competitiveness in the area of composite wheels,” Dingle said.
The IMCRC will contribute $3 million to the three-year research project. According to head of the IMCRC, David Chuter, the fund will be used to catalyse investment in manufacturing technologies, as well as facilitating a dedicated Carbon Revolution and Deakin co-located Innovation Space within the new Carbon Revolution facilities, scheduled for completion later this year.
“The IMCRC’s focus is on catalysing tangible, commercial outcomes for Australian manufacturers, by bringing together manufacturing businesses and research organisations, to support innovations that will ensure the Australian manufacturing industry can meet the challenges and opportunities presented by today’s global economy,” Chuter said.
The research will take place at a dedicated collaborative Innovation Space and R&D Lab, on site at Carbon Revolution located within the Deakin Waurn Ponds Campus.
Professor of Composite Materials at Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials, Russell Varley, is part of the steering committee leading the $15M dollar research project.
“Deakin is excited to partner with Carbon Revolution to make composite materials that are more processable, more durable, stronger and tougher, at lower cost,” Professor Varley said.
“The technology developed in this project will ensure Deakin and Carbon Revolution remain at the leading edge of global composite materials research, particularly in relation to lightweight structures, raw materials and fabrication technologies.”
The research project intends to catalyse change across a range of key commercialisation and industrialisation drivers, including:
- Research into raw material inputs, such as resin system development and fibre development
- Composite system elements and advanced process developments
- Manufacturing process automation and industrialisation
- Research into the integration of intelligent manufacturing and Industry 4.0
- Establishment of a new Innovation Space and R&D Lab