Manufacturing systems are changing rapidly because of the global competition, the sustainability push and the emergence of new technologies. Major transformations are happening in many industries in terms of adoption of sustainable materials, development of energy-efficient and digital manufacturing processes, implementation of modularity principles, and design of flexible supply chains.

Here in the manufacturing systems sub-theme we work to develop fundamental understanding of the manufacturing challenges faced by industry and to engineer practical solutions. The research focuses on manufacturing systems design, modelling, analysis and implementation. The approaches we employ range from mathematical modelling to design-led innovation. We work in collaboration with partners from a variety of sectors including construction, mining and consumer goods. The ultimate aim of the research is to create tangible benefits for our partners.

Research areas broadly include:

  • Sustainable materials and manufacturing
  • DFMA for modular products
  • Manufacturing logistics
  • Manufacturing technology and equipment

Example research

Manufacturing Logistics

Student: Leo Hsu
Partner company: Laing O’Rourke

Aim: Configure the supply chain for modular construction products and develop mathematical models to predict manufacturing rate and initial inventory to deal with foreseeable and abrupt disruptions in construction sites.

DFMA for modular products

Student: Tanawan Wee
Partner company: Laing O’Rourke

Aim: Develop DFMA rules for modular construction products.

Example research

Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

Student: Anouk Zeeuw van der Laan
Partner company: P&G (Gillette)

Aim: Identify sustainable materials (alternative to petrochemical derived polymers), and novel manufacturing options for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG).

Mineral transportation and comminution

RA: Shayan Sharifi
Partner company: Weir Minerals

Aim: Develop novel designs for equipment to transport (pump) and grind/mill minerals (ultra-fine grinding).

People

Dr Marco Aurisicchio

Dr Marco Aurisicchio

Dr Marco Aurisicchio

Dr Shayan Sharifi

Dr Shayan Sharifi

Dr Shayan Sharifi

Anouk Zeeuw van der Laan

Anouk Zeeuw van der Laan

Anouk Zeeuw van der Laan
PhD student

Leo Hsu

Leo Hsu

Leo Hsu
PhD student

Tanawan Wee

Tanawan Wee

Tanawan Wee
PhD student