Professor Wenhui Duan

Professor Wenhui Duan

Director of ARC Nanocomm Hub, Director of Research, Professor in Structural Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Room 133, 23 College Walk (B60), Clayton Campus

Professor Duan works at the interface of materials science and civil engineering, being an early pioneer of development of nanoscience and nanocomposites for civil engineering applications. He has led a range of ground-breaking research across both the engineering and materials science disciplines, collaborating with architects, mechanical engineers, soil scientist, applied mathematicians and physicists.

Professor Duan graduated from Tianjin University (China) in engineering mechanics  with BEng and MEng in 1997 and 2002, respectively. He received his PhD from the National University of Singapore (Singapore) in Civil Engineering in April 2006. From 1997 to 1999, he worked in the field of assessment and rehabilitation of bridge and road as well as assessment of pile foundation as a structural engineer in Tianjin Municipal and Highway Research Institute, China. Starting from Feb. 2006, He worked as post-doctoral fellow in Singapore and Canada. He recently joined Monash University as a Lecturer in Nov 2008.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D, National University of Singapore
  • MEng, Tianjin University
  • BEng, Tianjin University

Expertise

Nanomechanics and Nanocomposites, smart materials and structures

Professional Association:

MIEAust

Research Projects

Not started projects

Design of floating forest-like structure as breakwaters come windbreaker for inshore wave and wind reduction

Development of Graphene-polymer ion exchange membranes for acid recovery

Development of Graphene-polymer ion exchange membranes for acid recovery from mining process water and wastewater and an examination of the feasibility of specific minerals recovery from mining tailing and mining process water and wastewater.

NANOCOMM - ARC Research Hub for nanoscience based construction material manufacturing

The research Hub will develop novel construction materials including binders, cement additives, high performance concrete materials, concrete structural systems, polymer composites, and pavement materials. The multidisciplinary Hub provides a centralised platform to transform construction materials industry into an advanced manufacturing sector delivering sustainable and resilient infrastructure assets. The Hub will deeply drive advances in nanotechnology, cement chemistry, concrete technology and develop extreme engineering solutions. The Hub will train the next generation of skilled workforce, re-positioning Australian industry competitiveness and global market leadership to capture international infrastructure development opportunities.

Current projects

3D Printing Facility using Concrete for Construction Automation Research

3D Concrete Printing offers a novel process for construction automation. Rapid progress is possible by adapting recent advances in Additive Manufacturing technologies. However, the development is hampered by a lack of  underpinning material and structural research. Concrete and structural designs in their current form are not suitable, and research is needed to develop new concrete type of construction materials and structural forms. The proposed 3D Concrete Printing Facility will enable this research. The facility will house three leading types of concrete printers which will enable: (a) Testing of material properties, fabrication technologies and structural design concepts; and (b) Building and testing of new freeform concrete structures.

Bridging time/size scales in strain measurements with advanced DIC facility

Digital Image Correlation technologies have found widespread use for the measurement of displacements and strains due to their accuracy, robustness, versatility and overall ease of use. This project aims to establish a state of the art facility which will provide the next level by seamlessly integrating the capability to analyse three dimensional and transient events for nearly any type of application, material and size scale. Specific research fields to be pursued are non-contact strain field measurement, vibrations and fracture. However, the main application is the characterization of materials from quasi-static to ballistic range of loading; which is crucial for the development and validation of advanced analytical and numerical models.

Floating Forest – a breakwater for protecting the Australian coastline

The objective is to develop innovative and optimal structural, materials and foundation solutions for a very large floating forest that will act as a mega breakwater and windbreaker to protect the Australian coastline from increasing strong waves and winds caused by climate change. This requires the evaluation of structural and environmental loads, development of innovative concepts and optimal structural solutions, design, materials, and foundation. These will drive advances in very large floating structure technology, hydro elasticity, nanotechnology, concrete technology and impact engineering for the next generation of an up-skilled workforce. Australian researchers and international renowned experts will cooperate in the project.

ARC Research Hub for nanoscience based construction material manufacturing

The research Hub will develop novel construction materials including binders, cement additives, high performance concrete materials, concrete structural systems, polymer composites, and pavement materials. The multidisciplinary Hub provides a centralised platform to transform construction materials industry into an advanced manufacturing sector delivering sustainable and resilient infrastructure assets. The Hub will deeply drive advances in nanotechnology, cement chemistry, concrete technology and develop extreme engineering solutions. The Hub will train the next generation of skilled workforce, re-positioning Australian industry competitiveness and global market leadership to capture international infrastructure development opportunities.

Development of water based curing compounds

Pavement behaviour and maintenance

Past projects

Nikpol

Undertake a comprehensive white paper/literature review to assess and determine freedom to operate within IP landscape with respect to:

  • Identification of possible recovery solutions derived from laminated particle board waste
  • Recycling and recovery options will investigate direct recycle options, indirect recycling and energy recovery, whichever is more applicable to laminated particle board waste. For each of the feasible solutions, the following points will be addressed:
    • Projected volume
    • Technical feasibility
    • Technologies available for remediation of laminated particle board waste (i.e. to eliminate potential hazards associated with formaldehyde based resins
    • Capital investment cost to recycle and re mediate laminated particle board waste
    • Recovery costs/sell price
    • Identify possible markets and/or potential end users
  • Based on the information available, a total of up to 3 possible solutions for recycling and/or re-use of particle board waste will be addressed according to the following points:
  • Technologies/processes for extracting/processing/separating laminated particle board waste
    • Identify potential equipment suppliers that deal with wood waste
    • Develop more accurate investment cost estimate
    • Develop more accurate recovery cost estimate
    • Identify potential markets and prospective end users/customers and establish interest/requirements
  • Estimate basic cost model for each option to compare with current disposal cost.

Teaching Commitments

  • CIV4210
  • CIV4211
Last modified: July 10, 2019