About

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 Australa, Canada, USA and Japan. He has the following qualifications: PhD RPEQ FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus).

Teaching
  • ME2525: Machine Element Design (Level 2; TSV)
  • ME3525: Mechanical Design (Level 3; TSV)
  • ME4521: Bulk Materials Handling (Level 4; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • 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.
Research
  • 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
Teaching
  • 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.
Experience
  • 2014 to 2018 - Global Design Engineer, Continental (Melbourne)
  • 2013 to 2014 - Lean Process Engineer, Continental (Melbourne)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Engineering Manager, Fenner Dunlop (Perth/Melbourne)
  • 2008 to 2010 - Technology Manager, Coretrack (Perth)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Project Manager/Engineer, Wilshaw Engineering (Perth)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Project Manager/Engineer, KJ Beer Consulting (Perth)
  • 2000 to 2005 - Project Manager/Engineer, Structural Monitoring Systems (Perth/USA)
  • 2001 to 2002 - Post-doc, NIMS (Tsukuba, Japan)
  • 1995 to 2000 - PhD candidate/consultant, UWA (Perth)
  • 1985 to 1990 - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Various (Canada/Australia)
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Department of Industry, Innovation and Science - Innovations Connections

Structural analysis and verification

Indicative Funding
$8,006 , in partnership with FNQ Plastics ($8,006)
Summary
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.
Investigators
Greg Wheatley (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Model generation; Finite Element Analysis; Verification; Finite Element Analysis - Simulation; Mechanical - real world testing; Materials recycling
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  • Eco-Friendly approach to the Recovery of Economic Materials from Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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