Senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering focusing on finite element analysis, mechanical design to Australian Standards, bulk materials handling and research projects listed below. Greg has over 20 years of industry design and manufacturing experience in the aviation and resources industries in Australia, Canada, USA and Japan. He has the following qualifications: PhD RPEQ FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus). 

Available research projects: 

·      Food processing equipment design for health and safety

·      Carbon capture with micro-encapsulated sodium carbonate solution 

·      Solar thermal energy storage

·      Pumped hydro optimisation in a tropical environment

·      Damage characterisation and root cause analysis of wind turbine pitch bearings

·      Development of network and pipeline solutions for green hydrogen distribution 

·      Recycling of steel cord conveyor belt and tyres

·      Optimal blend of recycled plastics for environmental and physical characteristics

·      Design of a composite pipeline system

·      Manufacture of bamboo fibreboard 

·      Real time transmission of measurement data from the drill head to the oil rig platform

·      Real time conveyor belt steel cord and splice condition monitoring

·      Real time conveyor belt thickness measurement

·      Structural health monitoring of pipeline assets

·      Cost effective detection of incipient and ultimate failure of industrial equipment bearings in remote location

·      Theoretical, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and laboratory prototype testing of ST10000 conveyor belt splice arrangements and cord end conditions

·      Improving heat source solutions to simulate the weld pool and residual stresses of multi-pass welded joints

·      Residual Stress Mapping in Solution Heat Treated Al Engine Blocks

·      On using finite element analysis (FEA) to control and minimize the growth of residual stress during machining


  • ME3525: Mechanical Design (Level 3; TSV)
  • ME4515: Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design (Level 4; TSV)
  • ME4521: Bulk Materials Handling (Level 4; TSV)
  • Consulting to industry directly or through Innovation Connection grants
  • I have worked for two ASX listed new technology start-up companies in the resources and aviation industries.
  • I worked for 8 years in the mining conveyor industry for both Fenner Dunlop and Continental.
  • I have worked as a Lean Process Engineer in large scale manufacturing for the mining industry.
  • I completed a 4 year trade as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in Australia and Canada.
  • I have 13 years manufacturing experience from high tech, clean room manufacturing to large scale industrial manufacturing.
  • 2017 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 to 2017 - Global Design Engineer - design of conveyor belt installation equipment, Continental (Melbourne)
  • 2013 to 2014 - Lean Process Engineer - Conveyor belt manufacturing, Continental (Melbourne)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Engineering Manager - Conveyor optimisation, Fenner Dunlop (Perth/Melbourne)
  • 2008 to 2010 - Technology Manager - new technology start up company - oil and gas coring, Coretrack (Perth)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Project Manager/Engineer - design of mining infrastructure, Wilshaw Engineering (Perth)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Project Manager/Engineer - design of pressure vessels, KJ Beer Consulting (Perth)
  • 2000 to 2005 - Project Manager/Engineer - new technology start up company - aviation NDT technology, Structural Monitoring Systems (Perth/USA)
  • 2001 to 2002 - Post-doc - fatigue life enhancement of weldments, National Institute for Materials Science (Tsukuba, Japan)
  • 1995 to 2000 - PhD candidate/consultant - industry supported by Rio Tinto - fatigue failure of thermite train rail weldments, University of Western Australia (Perth)
  • 1985 to 1990 - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - de Havilland Beaver, Otter, Cessna 152, 172, Aerostar, Mojave, Lear Jet, Falcon Jet, North Coast Air Services, Airtex, Australian Jet Centre, Royal Aero Club (Canada/Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 1996 to 2000 - William Lambden Owen Award
  • 1996 to 2000 - Australian Post Graduate Award - Industry
  • 1998 - Travel award to the Fourth International Conference of Low Cycle Fatigue and Elasto-plastic Behaviour of Materials, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 7-11 September 1998
  • 1998 - Travel Award for The 35th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, Sept. 27-30, 1998
  • 1997 - Travel award to the Third International Conference on Fracture and Strength of Solids, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong, 8-10 December 1997
  • 2012 - FIEAust - Fellow Engineers Australia
  • 2001 to 2002 - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers
  • 2019 - EngExec - Engineering Executive
  • 2019 - IntPE(Aus) - International Practicing Engineer Australia
  • 2019 - APEC Engineer - Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Engineer
  • 2017 - CPEng - Chartered Practicing Engineer
  • 2017 - RPEQ - Registered Practicing Engineer Queensland
  • 2016 - NER - National Engineering Register

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 17+ research outputs authored by Dr Greg Wheatley from 1997 onwards.

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Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Structural analysis and verification

Indicative Funding
$8,006 , in partnership with FNQ Plastics ($8,006)
Structural analysis and verification using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and other techniques to locally design, test and mass produce a unique extruded profile which has various applications, including, but not limited to the manufacturing of durable ute trays and various uses in the construction industry.
Greg Wheatley (College of Science & Engineering)
Model generation; Finite Element Analysis; Verification; Finite Element Analysis - Simulation; Mechanical - real world testing; Materials recycling

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Eco-Friendly approach to the Recovery of Economic Materials from Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Iron Ore Bulk Ore Moisture Integration as Dust Prevention. (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Surface integrity study of the as-fabricated and post-processed SLM Aluminum alloy. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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