CPEng, RPEQ, Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering. 

I have over 20 years of industrial design and manufacturing experience in the aviation, mining and oil & gas industries in Australia, Canada, USA, and Japan. I have the following qualifications: Ph.D. RPEQ FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus). I am a member of the Engineers Australia Mechanical College QLD committee, the Engineers Australia Leadership and Management College QLD committee, the Engineering Heritage QLD committee and the Engineers Australia Townsville Regional Group committee.  

Industry projects 

I normally run about a dozen student design projects per year. I am keen to take on design projects proposed from industry for the students to work on. These projects would result in an engineering report, fabrication drawings and quote to supply the fabricated machine to the company.

There are also opportunities for funding for industry projects. Information can be seen here: https://www.jcu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/1889913/Information-Document-for-Industry-Partners-2021-final.pdf 

2022 collaborative Industry projects 

  • James Cook University - Prof Lin Schwarzkopf
    • Design of Cane Toad trap
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
    • Concept design of Diver Navigation System
    • Telescoping system with underwater cable management
    • Towed body analysis and design:
    • Packaging solution for ‘Reefscan’ transom mounted camera system
    • Redesign of navigation sensor transom mounted system
    • Waterproofing of Robotic Arm
    • Underwater housing design
    • Conceptual design of gimbal system for underwater camera
  • University of Newcastle (NSW).- Prof Craig Wheeler - mining conveyors including: 
    • Detection of incipient bearing failure 
    • Low rolling resistance rubber compound development
    • FEA and testing of optimised splice patterns for ST10,000
  • Australasian Centre For Rail Innovation

    • Compiling existing railway diesel engine oil, various lubricants and grease specifications for informing target specifications and markets for new bio-based, bio-degradable lubricant products 
    • Horizon scan of auto track circuit inspection technology – including concept development for potential integration to various platforms
    • Horizon scan of digital automatic coupler technology – including survey of industry participants to determine most relevant pathway for Australasian deployment
    • Alternative renewable energy concepts not yet considered for rail and potential use cases
    • Horizon scan of IoT devices and additional applications
  • The Australian Wine Research Institute
    • Design of wine processing, picking, weeding, pruning equipment
  • Grain drying equipment for third world application
  • Automated fruit processing equipment for local grower 
  • Bamboo processing equipment for production of fibreboard 

Academic projects

I normally get a dozen or so research project students per year so I am open to taking on collaborative research projects with academics from other institutions. Current collaborative projects are: 

2022 collaborative Academic projects 

  • RMIT - Prof Xu Wang
    • Design and build a reverse osmosis desalination plant and its optimization
    • Design and build hydrogen electrolysis device and its optimization.
    • Design and build ocean wave energy conversion device (direct drive and/or indirect drive) to supply power for the two devices. 
    • Design and build a linear generator to convert waste heat into electricity
    • Design and build a muffler for sound attenuation and waste heat conversion
  • Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal) - A/Prof Ricardo Branco & A/Prof Fernando Antunes
    • Low cycle fatigue studies
  • Universidade de Malaga (Spain) - Dr Pablo Lopez Crespo  
    • High cycle fatigue studies
    • Fatigue of additively manufactured metal specimens
  • JCU - Prof Jonathan Golledge
    • Accurate but low cost ways to measure foot temperature, transcutaneous oxygen pressures and plantar pressures during ambulation 
    • Accurate and low cost ways to measure footwear use and activity
  • JCU - Prof Andrew Krockenberger
    • Experimental wind turbines to contribute to the power supply systems of JCU field stations 
  • JCU -  Dr Leo Nankervis
    • Extruder for fish feed 

Available HDR research projects

The following research projects are available but I am open to modifications of these or new research ideas from potential students or collaborators. 

Solar driven carbon capture technology

Phase change materials and thermal energy storage

Design of arch supports optimised via finite element analysis of patient foot scan

Carbon capture with micro-encapsulated sodium carbonate solution

Analysis and prediction of avalanches using a bulk materials handling approach

Production of optimal Iron Flow Battery in Australia for local use and global export

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

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

Production of fibreboard from bamboo

Three-dimensional simulation of rolling contact fatigue crack of a railway wheel repaired by laser powder deposition

Contributions of grain size and crystal orientation to fatigue crack deflection and branching behaviour in rail steel

Influence of combined impact and cyclic loading on the fatigue life of a pearlitic Grade 900A steel used in railway applications

Tropical fruit processing and hygienic design

Automation technologies for fish processing and production of fish products

Development of numerical prediction model of fatigue crack growth

Development of damage accumulation fatigue model for low cycle fatigue

  • EG5311: Research Project 1 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • 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.
  • Please note that I regularly take on industry problems as student projects that result in quotes to provide engineered and prototyped solutions.
  • I have acted in numerous legal proceedings as an expert witness with funds directed through JCU to be used for research (+$23,000 to date).
  • I worked for 8 years in the mining conveyor industry for both Fenner Dunlop and Continental.
  • I have 13 years manufacturing experience from high tech, clean room manufacturing to large scale industrial manufacturing.
  • I have worked for two ASX listed new technology start-up companies in the resources and aviation industries.
  • 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.
  • 2017 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 to 2017 - Global Design Engineer - design of heavy duty mining conveyor belt installation equipment, Continental (Melbourne)
  • 2013 to 2014 - Lean Process Engineer Global - Heavy duty mining conveyor belt manufacturing, Continental (Melbourne)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Engineering Manager National - Heavy duty mining 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 Engineer/Manager - new technology start up company - aerospace structural health monitoring, 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)
  • 1991 to 1994 - BE (Hons), 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/Sydney/Perth)
  • 1984 to 1987 - 1st & 2nd year student, OK College - UBC (Kelowna, Canada)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2021 - Engineers Australia Engineering Heritage Qld Branch committee member
  • 2021 - Engineers Australia State Infrastructure Strategy (SIS) and Regional Infrastructure Plan (RIP) Working Group member
  • 2021 - Engineers Australia Townsville Regional Group committee member
  • 2021 - Engineers Australia Mechanical College Qld Branch committee member
  • 2021 - Engineers Australia Leadership and Management College Qld Branch committee member
  • 2019 - EngExec - Engineering Executive
  • 2017 - RPEQ - Registered Practicing Engineer Queensland
  • 2017 - CPEng - Chartered Practicing Engineer
  • 2016 - NER - National Engineering Register
  • 2012 - FIEAust - Fellow Engineers Australia
  • 2001 to 2002 - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers
  • 2021 - Engineering Education Technical Society Engineers Australia
  • 2021 - Mining Electrical & Mining Mechanical Engineering Technical Society Engineers Australia
  • 2021 - Sustainable Engineering Society Engineers Australia
  • 2021 - Bulk Materials Handling Technical Society Engineers Australia
  • 2021 - Society for Engineering in Agriculture Engineers Australia
  • 2019 - IntPE(Aus) - International Practicing Engineer Australia
  • 2019 - APEC Engineer - Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Engineer
  • 1992 - Member Engineers Australia
  • 1996 to 2000 - Australian Post Graduate Award - Industry
  • 1996 to 2000 - William Lambden Owen Award
  • 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

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 56+ 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 , Primary Advisor)
  • The evaluation of real options as a useful tool in project management contexts with varying uncertainty. (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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