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Research Thesis Topic

Sustainable use of Engineering Materials

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Sustainable use of Engineering Materials


Engineering materials are used in a wide range of applications. They include metals such as steel and aluminium, concrete, asphalt, fibre composites, nanomaterials and plastics. However, the continued production of traditional materials can contribute to ongoing greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource shortages, energy demand, use of toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process and waste. An option is to better use engineering materials. For example, a number of engineering materials, such as steel and concrete, can be successfully recycled or reused. Natural materials, such as wood and hemp, can be also contribute the sustainability. There are thus many opportunities for research in the improved use and recycling of engineering materials, including smart design processes to more closely match material designs to the product life cycle, development of alternative materials, and the use of lean production and construction activities to improve the production process and reduce waste. Such research would be expected to make a positive impact on sustainable engineering practices.

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Research Affiliations
  • Centre for Future Materials
  • Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Engineering and Built Environment

Field of Research
  • Building
  • Civil Engineering
  • Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering

Available Academic Programs
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)
  • Master of Research (MRES)

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