Centre for Advanced Materials Processing
and Manufacturing

ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals

The ARC COE for Design in Light Metals is a national Centre engaging six major research-intensive Universities (Monash University, The University of Queensland, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, Deakin University) and all of the leading light alloy research groups in the university sector in Australia, making the Centre one of the most inclusive of national research efforts in the ARC Centres of Excellence program. The Centre formally commenced operations in January 2006, and as a result of a highly successful mid-term review in 2008, by an independent Review Panel appointed by ARC, the Centre will continue to operate until 31 December 2013.

The Centre provides the strategic fundamental research platform underpinning a highly-coordinated national effort that not only serves national industry needs, but attracts favourable international attention in an increasingly global research and development market. Based on a novel ‘design-directed’ approach, a nationally-coordinated Research Portfolio addresses all three of the commercial light metals: aluminium, magnesium and titanium, with a major focus on materials/alloy design and processing, and strategic design targets related to materials applications in the transport, construction, fabrication and packaging industries.

The core strength of the Centre is a Program devoted to ‘Alloy Design and Processing’, focused on innovation in the design, development and processing of aluminium and magnesium alloys. The Centre has also established three new Programs in ‘Titanium’, light metals-based ‘Hybrid Materials’ and ‘Surface Engineering’ of the light alloys, in coherent national efforts that would not have existed were it not for the establishment of the Centre. Projects across the Portfolio are invariably cross-institutional and funded at critical scale. The Centre is internally reviewing its current portfolio of research projects, with a view to creating a targeted and cohesive research portfolio for the extension period (Phase 3) of the Centre.

Complementary to core activities, the Centre has forged a strategic national research alliance (the Australian Partnership in Light Metals Research) with the CSIRO Light Metals Flagship (LMF) and the CAST CRC (CAST), funded as a ‘research cluster’ under the CSIRO National Flagships Collaboration Fund.  The Partnership has provided the platform for a more broadly-based and informal National Light Metals Alliance that is convened regularly to ensure a cohesive approach to the national light metals research effort.

More information is available on the ARC COE Design in Light Metals website