Monash University has broad-ranging capabilities in aerospace research and development.

The aerospace industry is rapidly expanding around the world. In Australia, the growing sector is primarily concentrated in Victoria and benefits from proximity to Monash University's extensive aeronautical expertise.

Our researchers recognise that industry leaders are seeking to design, test and manufacture lightweight aircraft and other aerospace products as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible – and they are helping them do it. As a leader in innovative techniques to optimise aircraft structures and aerodynamic efficiency, and to manufacture structural components with significantly reduced material wastage, Monash University is playing a key role in the evolution and revolution of the aerospace industry.


Our researchers and industry partners have access to unique facilities, including:

  • the Monash Wind Tunnel Facility
  • extensive structural testing facilities for metallic and composite structures
  • Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy
  • high performance super computers
  • hot isostatic pressing facilities for manufacturing large titanium structures
  • the world's largest selective laser melting machine
  • direct laser deposition machine for rapid manufacturing and precision repair

Monash University Clayton campus is located in the heart of the rapidly growing South East Melbourne Innovation Precinct.

Working with industry

Researchers across various disciplines work with industry (including major international manufacturers) to help create a new generation of lighter, more energy-efficient aircraft. Monash expertise in developing new manufacturing processes to achieve significant material and cost savings attracts particular interest from industry.

Current partners include:

  • Airbus
  • Boeing
  • Baosteel
  • The European Space Agency
  • NASA
  • Microturbo
  • The Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing

Interested in discussing industry partnership opportunities with Monash? Contact the Industry Engagement and Commercialisation Group.

Contributing capabilities

  • Aircraft structural design and testing
  • Carbon-fibre composites
  • Titanium alloy and processing development
  • Laser additive manufacturing
  • Advanced light metals
  • Stress-induced fracture and damage assessment
  • Aircraft life support
  • Advanced structural and aerodynamic computational modelling