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Monash University

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The overall research aims of Monash University are:
  • To increase the quantity and quality of the University's research output
  • To strengthen the University's research training program
  • To develop research activities which support developments in the University's educational programs locally and internationally;
  • To promote public awareness of the University's research achievements
  • To strengthen the University's research links with other research organisations, nationally and internationally and with industry and other users of research.
Research at Monash covers the full spectrum from basic to applied and ranges across the arts and humanities, social, natural and health sciences and the professions. The University is determined to preserve its strength in basic research, which underpins its successes in applied research and to continue to make a distinguished contribution to the cultural life of the nation.

Monash research embodies the three key themes of the University: innovation, engagement and internationalisation. Researchers and postgraduate research students at Monash address fundamental questions of disciplinary and professional knowledge, as well as the problems of government, industry and the community.

Monash aims to strengthen existing relationships and develop new strategic partnerships with other universities, industry and government research agencies.

All Faculties at Monash have been involved in finalising Faculty Research Management Plans, which accord with the objectives of the Monash Plan 1999 - 2003. They include Faculty based assessments of their current research strengths and emerging research strengths. In addition, they aim to identify strengths which have potential for development

 

Faculty of Arts
School of Geography and Environmental Science
http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ges/research/
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Research into environmental performance and technologies for investment markets
Chief Researcher: Holmes D
Sponsor: Westpac Investment Management
Duration: 1999 - 2003
Descriptors: ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY; INVESTMENT--SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE;--SUSTAINABLE
Research Fields Classification:
291104 Environmental Technologies
300903 Sustainable Development


Windfarm development in Australia with particular reference to stakeholder management
Chief Researcher: Mercer Assoc Prof D
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; WIND
Research Field Classification:
291104 Environmental Technologies


Energy policy: A comparison between Victoria and New South Wales
Chief Researcher: Mercer Assoc Prof D
Current Status: Completed
Descriptors: POLICY; RENEWABLE ENERGY; SOLAR; WIND
Research Field Classification:
291104 Environmental Technologies

 

Faculty of Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/chemeng/cheengra.html
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Laboratory MTE studies
Chief Researcher: Tiu Prof C
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 2000 - 2003
Descriptors: COAL QUALITY; DEWATERING
Research Field Classification:
290601 Chemical Engineering Design


MTE filtration and rheology
Chief Researcher: Tiu Prof C
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 2001 - 2004
Descriptors: COAL QUALITY; DEWATERING
Research Field Classification:
290601 Chemical Engineering Design


Transformations of alkali and alkaline earth metals during gasification of lignite
Chief Researcher: Li Dr C-Z
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 1998 - 2002
Descriptors: CATALYSIS; COAL GASIFICATION
Research Fields Classification:
290602 Process Control and Simulation
299902 Combustion and Fuel Engineering


Reactivities of chars from pyrolysis and partial gasification
Chief Researcher: Li Dr C-Z
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 2000 - 2003
Descriptors: CATALYSIS; COAL GASIFICATION
Research Fields Classification:
290602 Process Control and Simulation
299902 Combustion and Fuel Engineering


Fluid bed scale-up physical modelling
Chief Researcher: Rhodes Prof M
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 1997 - 2001
Descriptors: FLUIDISED BED; SCALING LAWS
Research Fields Classification
290602 Process Control and Simulation
299902 Combustion and Fuel Engineering


Circulating fluid bed cyclone performance
Chief Researcher: Rhodes Prof M
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 1998 - 2001
Descriptors: COAL PROCESSING; CYCLONE PERFORMANCE
Research Fields Classification
290602 Process Control and Simulation
299902 Combustion and Fuel Engineering


Effect of pressure on fluidised bed behaviour
Chief Researcher: Rhodes Prof M
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 1998 - 2001
Descriptors: FLUIDISED BED; PRESSURE EFFECTS
Research Fields Classification
290602 Process Control and Simulation
299902 Combustion and Fuel Engineering


Extended system analysis for power generation using various fuels
Chief Researcher: Brennan Dr D
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 2000 - 2004
Descriptors: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS; POWER GENERATION
Research Field Classification
291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering nec

 

Department of Civil Engineering
http://www-civil.eng.monash.edu.au/research
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Fatigue of thin-walled tubular connections
Chief Researchers: Zhao Dr X-L, Grundy Prof P
Sponsors: CIDECT The International Committee for the Development and Study of Tubular Structures); BHP
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: CYCLIC; ELASTIC FATIGUE; TIME DEPENDENCE; ULTIMATE STRENGTH
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Dynamic performance of lightweight floors
Chief Researchers: Zhao Dr X-L, Grundy Prof P
Sponsors: CIDECT; BHP
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: DYNAMIC; ELASTIC; SERVICEABILITY
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Innovative connections at elevated temperatures
Chief Researchers: Zhao Dr X-L, Grundy Prof P
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: FIRE; INELASTIC; STATIC; ULTIMATE STRENGTH
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Very high strength circular tubes
Chief Researcher: Zhao Dr X-L
Sponsor: OneSteel
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: STABILITY; ULTIMATE STRENGTH; WELDING
Research Field Classification:
290901 Electrical Engineering


Life cycle performance of bridges deteriorating through corrosion
Chief Researchers: Sanjayan Dr J, Taplin Dr G
Sponsor: VicRoads
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: CYCLIC; SERVICEABILITY; STATIC; TIME DEPENDENCE; ULTIMATE STRENGTH
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Behaviour of laterally confined high strength concrete
Chief Researcher: Sanjayan Dr J
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: INELASTIC; STATIC; VOLUME CHANGE
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Alkali activated slag concrete
Chief Researcher: Bakharev T (PhD)
Supervisor: Sanjayan Dr J
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ELASTIC; STATIC; ULTIMATE STRENGTH; VOLUME CHANGE
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Bond loss of RC due to steel corrosion
Chief Researchers: Taplin Dr G, Sanjayan Dr J
Sponsor: VicRoads
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: CORROSION; STATIC; TIME DEPENDENCE; ULTIMATE STRENGTH; VOLUME CHANGE
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Performance of plywood web timber box beam portal frames
Chief Researcher: Tan H H (PhD)
Supervisor: Milner Prof H R
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: DEFORMATION; PLYWOOD; PORTALS
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Polyurethane adhesives in structural glulam timber
Chief Researcher: Adam C
Supervisor: Milner Prof H R
Sponsor: Collano (Switzerland)
Duration: -2001
Descriptors: ADHESIVES; GLULAM
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Structural properties of glulam timber
Chief Researcher: Adam C
Supervisor: Milner Prof H R
Sponsor: Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation
Duration: -2001
Descriptors: STRUCTURAL PERFORMANCE
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Crashworthiness of lightweight timber poles
Chief Researchers: Grzebieta Assoc Prof R H, Milner Prof H R, Zou Dr R
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: IMPACT
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering


Temperature prediction and analysis of frames
Chief Researchers: Wong Dr B, Ghojel Dr J
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: FIRE; INELASTIC; SERVICEABILITY; STATIC; ULTIMATE STRENGTH
Research Field Classification:
290801 Structural Engineering

 

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
http://www.ecse.monash.edu.au/research/
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Transformer insulation behaviour during overload
Chief Researchers: Davydov V (PhD), Morrison B E (PhD)
Sponsor: Electric Power Research Institute
Current Status: Completed
Descriptors: FLAMMABLE GAS; MOISTURE; TRANSFORMER--OIL FILLED
Research Field Classification:
290901 Electrical Engineering


Modelling groups of converters for power quality control
Chief Researchers: Holmes D G (PhD)
Supervisor: Morrison B E
Duration: 2000 - 2003
Descriptors: CONTROL STRATEGIES; DEVICE SWITCHING TECHNOLOGY; POWER QUALITY
Research Field Classification:
290901 Electrical Engineering


Investigation of the application of a distribution based UPFC on a distribution feeder
Chief Researcher: Morton Dr A
Supervisor: Morrison R E
Sponsors: Electric Power Research Institute; Powercor Australia
Duration: 1999 - 2002
Descriptor: DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM--OPERATION
Research Field Classification:
290901 Electrical Engineering


Investigation of overvoltages on AC traction supplies
Chief Researcher: Morton Dr A
Supervisor: Morrison R E
Sponsors: W S Atkins (UK); Railtrack (UK)
Current Status: Completed
Descriptors: HARMONIC DISTORTION; OVERHEAD SYSTEM
Research Field Classification:
290901 Electrical Engineering


Partial discharge pattern recognition
Chief Researcher: Chang C (PhD)
Supervisor: Su Dr Q
Duration: -2001
Descriptors: GENERATION; OUTAGES DISTRIBUTION; SECURITY; SUPPLY; TRANSMISSION
Research Field Classification:
290901 Electrical Engineering


Reliability assessment of electrical power systems
Chief Researcher: Morton Dr A
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: INFRASTRUCTURES; POWER DISTRIBUTION; RELIABILITY; TRANSMISSION
Research Field Classification:
290901 Electrical Engineering


Reinventing electricity: DC power reticulation in buildings and stand alone environments
Chief Researcher: Morton Dr A
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: DEMAND MANAGEMENT; POWER DISTRIBUTION INFRASTRUCTURE; RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS
Research Field Classification:
290901 Electrical Engineering

 

Department of Mechanical Engineering
http://www.monash.edu.au/mecheng/
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

The effect of turbulence on the performance of wind turbine blades
Chief Researcher: Swalwell K (PhD)
Supervisor: Sheridan Prof J
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: AERODYNAMICS; WIND TURBINE
Research Field Classification:
290799 Resources Engineering nec

 

Gippsland School of Engineering
http://www.gippsland.monash.edu.au/gse/research.htm
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

New fuzzy-adaptive potential field for mobile robots path planning (the agoraphilic algorithm)
Chief Researcher: Ibrahim Assoc Prof Y
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: AUTOMATION; CONTROL; MECHATRONICS; NAVIGATION; ROBOTICS
Research Field Classification:
290502 Industrial Engineering


Adaptive fuzzy behaviours
Chief Researcher: Ibrahim Assoc Prof Y
Supervisor: Russell Assoc Prof R A
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: AUTOMATION; CONTROL; MECHATRONICS; NAVIGATION; ROBOTICS
Research Field Classification:
290502 Industrial Engineering


Integrate mechantronics solution to maximise tractability and efficiency of wheeled vehicles
Chief Researcher: Ibrahim Assoc Prof Y
Supervisor: Spark Dr I J
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: AUTOMATION; CONTROL; MECHATRONICS; NAVIGATION; ROBOTICS
Research Field Classification:
290502 Industrial Engineering

 

Faculty of Science
School of Chemistry
http://web.chem.monash.edu.au/Department/HomePage/post_research.html
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Physico-chem changes in coal structure under MTE conditions
Chief Researcher: Chaffee Dr AL
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 2000 - 2003
Descriptors: COAL--QUALITY; --STRUCTURE; DEWATERING; LIGNITE
Research Field Classification:
259903 Industrial Chemistry


Chemistry of lignite-water association
Chief Researcher: Chaffee Dr AL
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 1999 - 2002
Descriptors: COAL STRUCTURE; DEWATERING; LIGNITE
Research Field Classification:
259903 Industrial Chemistry


Characterisation of organic & inorganic components in product water from MTE
Chief Researcher: Chaffee Dr AL
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 1999 - 2002
Descriptors: COAL STRUCTURE; DEWATERING; LIGNITE; ORGANIC; WATER ANALYSIS
Research Fields Classification:
259903 Industrial Chemistry
250407 Other Instrumental Methods


Lignite structure and changes in structure during drying
Chief Researcher: Chaffee Dr AL
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 2001 - 2004
Descriptors: COAL STRUCTURE; DEWATERING; LIGNITE
Research Field Classification:
259903 Industrial Chemistry


On-line coal analysis using laser techniques
Chief Researcher: Morrison Dr R
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Duration: 1997 - 2003
Descriptors: COAL--ANALYSIS; --QUALITY; LASER SPECTROSCOPY
Research Fields Classification:
259903 Industrial Chemistry
250407 Other Instrumental Methods

 

School of Chemistry Centre for Green Chemistry
http://web.chem.monash.edu.au/greenchem/Projects/CurrentProjects.htm
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Bioconversion of low rank coal and biomass to humic material, clean fuel, and other chemical products
Chief Researchers: Chaffee Dr A, Patti Dr A
Duration: 2001 - 2002
Descriptors: BIOCONVERSION; CLEAN FUEL; COAL; HUMIC MATERIALS; LIGNITE; METHANE
Research Fields Classification:
300903 Sustainable Development
290799 Resources Engineering nec

 


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