New Linkage Project successes

Dr Sally Gras, Chief Investigator of a successful Linkage Grant application to develop improved nutrition in infant formula.

Academics from The Melbourne School of Engineering have been awarded nearly $1.6M in funding for six new major Linkage Projects, in the latest round of Australian Research Council funding.

The six successful projects range from the latest in flood forecasting using observations from space, to reducing the environmental impact of the dairy industry through optimised dairy membrane processing.

A seventh project based at The University of Newcastle will involve Prof. Peter Stuckey from The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and will develop computational and mathematical tools to manage stockyards in the mining industry.

Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, Professor Iven Mareels congratulated the research teams on an excellent outcome in the funding round.

“This constitutes nearly $1.6M in new grant income for the School,” He said.

“It is an outstanding result and a reflection of the hard work of MSE researchers in developing leading research proposals and forging solid relationships with key partner organisations.”

“Well done to all the teams.”

New Linkage Projects

A fundamental study of milk ultrafiltration

Research team: Prof David E Dunstan, Dr Gregory J Martin, Prof Vicki Chen, Dr Dalton J Harvie, A/Prof Malcolm R Davidson, Dr Elankovan Ponnampalam

Partner Organisation: Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd.

The Dairy Industry is one of Australia’s largest domestic and export industries. The fundamental knowledge and models developed in this project will be used to optimise dairy membrane processing. This will reduce water and energy use to improve the global competitiveness and reduce the environmental impact of the Australian Dairy Industry.

Development of efficient, robust and architecturally-flexible structural systems using innovative blind-bolted connections

Research team: Dr Helen M Goldsworthy, Prof Emad Gad, Prof Brian Uy, Dr Saman Fernando

Partner Organisations: AJAX Engineered Fasteners, OneSteel Limited

The aim of the proposed project is to develop structural systems that have sufficient stiffness, strength, and ductility to withstand code-specified loads and that will be competitive in the marketplace. The development of demonstrable cost-effective structural systems is essential if these types of systems are to be widely adopted in practice, thus allowing Australian manufacturers of blind bolts and steel tubes to achieve a greater market share.

The development of novel oligosaccharides from dairy lactose for improved infant nutrition

Research team: Dr Sally L Gras, A/Prof Sandra E Kentish, Prof Geoff W Stevens, Dr Ross Crittenden

Partner organisation: Murray Goulburn Co-operative Pty Ltd

This project will develop new milk sugars to enhance nutrition for the 46 per cent of infants who receive formula. It will support rural and regional dairy communities and manufacturers, increasing innovation, potentially generating six million dollars in new sales per annum, increasing returns to farmers and promoting regional employment and spending.

Optimal design of controlled aerodynamic bodies: from concept to prototype

Research Team: A/Prof Chris Manzie, Prof Andrew Ooi, Dr Nicholas Hutchins

Partner organisation: BAE Systems Australia

This interdisciplinary project will deliver technological advances in the areas of fluid dynamics, control systems and optimisation. It utilises advanced knowledge in these areas to design manoeuvrable aerodynamic bodies and will have a direct effect on Australian defence capability.

Land and property information in 3D

Research Team: A/Prof Abbas Rajabifard, Prof Ian P Williamson, Dr Tuan D Ngo

Partner Organisations: VEKTA PTY LTD, Alexander & Symonds, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria., Fender Katsalidis Architects, Intergovernmental Committee On Surveying & Mapping, Land and Property Management Authority NSW, Owners Corporation Victoria, PSMA Australia Ltd

Australia’s population growth results in multiple uses and stacked villages in 3-dimensional (3D) arrays of buildings and facilities in cities. This project will facilitate use of 3D technologies to support the land market, streamline legal requirements, decrease delays and reduce costs for designing, planning, building and managing modern cities.

A new-generation flood forecasting system using observations from space

Research Team: A/Prof Andrew W Western, Dr Dongryeol Ryu, Prof Jeffrey P Walker, Mr James F Elliott, Mr Chris Leahy, Dr Wade T Crow, Dr Quan J Wang, Dr Thomas C Pagano, Dr Luigi J Renzullo

Partner Organisations: Australian Bureau of Meteorology, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Floods are dangerous and expensive, costing Australia more than any other cause of natural disaster. This project will use satellite measurements of soil moisture and rainfall along with computer models to improve the Bureau of Meteorology’s predictions of floods in rivers. Better flood forecasts will reduce costs and save lives.

Mathematics and computing for integrated stockyard-centric management of mining supply chains

Research Team: Prof Natashia L Boland, Prof Peter J Stuckey, Dr Alexandre d Mendes, Dr Faramroze Engineer, Prof Mathieu (Martin) W Savelsbergh, Dr Andreas T Ernst

Partner Organisations: Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator Limited, QMASTOR Limited

Blended mineral products, such as coal and iron ore, make a strong contribution to Australia’s economy. Blending occurs in stockpiles, so to realise product value, stockyard and supply chain operational plans must align with blend targets. This project will provide new mathematical and computational planning tools to maximise this value.