Monash University and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China sign MOU to accelerate aircraft development


Monash University is helping China with its ambitious plans to develop advanced aircraft manufacturing through knowledge exchange and collaborative research in 3D printing technology, material analysis and treatment.

On 16 May 2017, in Shanghai, Monash Professor Frieder Seible, in the presence of the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, and high level representatives from the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

The terms of the historic MOU include the provision of Monash University post graduate training for COMAC executives, the hosting of visiting scholars and direct international industry experience for Monash engineering students.

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the agreement demonstrated the University’s importance as an international hub for collaboration and innovation.

“Monash makes a tremendous contribution to the Australian economy through its global networks, research and education excellence and world class research infrastructure,” Professor Gardner said.

“The Memorandum of Understanding with COMAC is welcome recognition of Monash University’s ability to translate that expertise into real impact and benefit for Australia and our international partners.”

Monash Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), Mr Ken Sloan, said the agreement demonstrated the University’s growing international scope and deep capability for enterprise.

“Monash University is increasingly becoming the international destination of choice for industry seeking cutting edge competitive advantage through engagement and innovation. Our collaboration with COMAC is a further demonstration of this,” Mr Sloan said.

Monash Academic Vice-President of Industry Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Seible said that Monash’s leading position in additive manufacturing facilitated the training of exceptional engineers who will drive future innovation.

“The Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (MCAM) leads the development of new 3D printed alloys that are lighter and stronger than anything currently available enabling safer and more efficient aircraft.”

“Through this agreement, Monash and COMAC will collaborate on the design of specialised new 3D printed alloy components for aerospace applications, including the design and construction of COMAC’s new C919 commercial passenger airliner,” Professor Seible said.