Senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering focusing on finite element analysis, mechanical design to Australian Standards, metal fatigue, fracture mechanics, bulk materials handling and Lean/advanced manufacturing. Greg has over 20 years of industry 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).

  • ME2525: Machine Element Design (Level 2; TSV)
  • ME3525: Mechanical Design (Level 3; TSV)
  • ME4521: Bulk Materials Handling (Level 4; TSV)
  • Consulting to industry directly or through Innovation Connection grants
  • I have the following qualifications: PhD CPEng RPEQ NER FIEAust IntPE(Aus) EngExec
  • 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 have over 20 years of industry experience in the aviation and resources industries.
  • I completed a 4 year trade as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in both Australia and Canada.
  • I have 13 years manufacturing to industry experience from high tech, clean room manufacturing to large scale industrial manufacturing.
  • Design to Australian Standards using Finite Element Modelling and hand calculations.
  • Metal fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • Bulk Materials Handling
  • Lean and advanced Manufacturing
  • Using finite element analysis (FEA) to control and minimize the growth of residual stress during machining
  • Residual Stress Mapping in Solution Heat Treated Al Engine Blocks
  • Improving heat source solutions to simulate the weld pool and residual stresses of multi-pass welded joints
  • Fatigue life improvement using low transformation temperature weld material
  • Fatigue crack growth behaviour subjected to a single tensile overload
  • Fatigue of riveted panels
  • Residual stress measurement via strain gauge and neutron beam diffraction measurements.
  • Development of low rolling resistant rubber compounds through theoretical, tan delta and laboratory prototype testing for the conveyor belt and tyre industries
  • 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
  • Design to Australia Standards through both hand calculations and finite element analysis.
  • Lean and advanced Manufacturing
  • Conveyor and bin design via software from Overland Conveyor
  • Bulk materials handling
  • Numerical Methods including Finite Difference Method, Discrete Element Modelling and Finite Element Analysis.
  • 2014 to 2018 - Global Design Engineer - 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 oil and gas coring, Coretrack (Perth)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Project Manager/Engineer - mining, Wilshaw Engineering (Perth)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Project Manager/Engineer - pressure vessel design, KJ Beer Consulting (Perth)
  • 2000 to 2005 - Project Manager/Engineer - new technology aviation NDT technology, Structural Monitoring Systems (Perth/USA)
  • 2001 to 2002 - Post-doc - fatigue life enhancement of weldments, NIMS (Tsukuba, Japan)
  • 1995 to 2000 - PhD candidate/consultant - industry supported by Rio Tinto - fatigue failure of thermite train rail weldments, UWA (Perth)
  • 1985 to 1990 - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - de Havilland Beaver, Otter, Cessna 152, 172, Aerostar, Mojave, Lear Jet, Falcon Jet, Various (Canada/Australia)
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Department of Industry, Innovation and Science - Innovations Connections

Structural analysis and verification

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$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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  • Iron Ore Bulk Ore Moisture Integration as Dust Prevention. (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Eco-Friendly approach to the Recovery of Economic Materials from Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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