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Computational materials engineering is a lens through which we focus the resources of a large and complex array of experimental equipment on a problem of industrial importance. We must understand material behaviour across many length scales, from the atomic to the human, and in order to do this take advantage of electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction all the way up to large-scale forging and rolling mills. The resultant understanding permits us not only to model metal deformation, but also to develop new ways in which to design metals for new applications.

Chris is a Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals.

His research focuses on understanding the role of crystallographic texture in the deformation of light metals and alloys, and modelling the effects of texture and microstructure on mechanical behaviour.

Chris has received several awards for commercialisation of magnesium alloys and in 2010 was co-recipient of the TMS Light Metals Division Award for best fundamental research in magnesium for the paper: Y.-B. Chun,C.H.J. Davies, "The Evolution of In-Grain Misorientation Axes (IGMA) During Deformation of Wrought Magnesium Alloy AZ31," Magnesium Technology 2010.

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Research area keywords

  • EBSD
  • Metals
  • Deformation
  • Magnesium
  • Titanium
  • Modelling
  • Texture
  • Computational Materials Engineering

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Projects 2003 2021

Research Output 1990 2020

Numerical modelling of heat transfer and experimental validation in powder-bed fusion with the virtual domain approximation

Neiva, E., Chiumenti, M., Cervera, M., Salsi, E., Piscopo, G., Badia, S., Martín, A. F., Chen, Z., Lee, C. & Davies, C., Jan 2020, In : Finite Elements in Analysis and Design. 168, 17 p., 103343.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

An in-situ synchrotron study of the B2→B19′ phase transformation in a Ni-Ti alloy subjected to uniaxial monotonic tension

Bian, X., Saleh, A. A., Lynch, P. A., Davies, C. H. J., Pereloma, E. V. & Gazder, A. A., 16 Jan 2019, In : Materials Science and Engineering A. 743, p. 327-338 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effects of calcium on strength and microstructural evolution of extruded alloys based on Mg-3Al-1Zn-0.3Mn

Zeng, Z. R., Zhu, Y. M., Nie, J. F., Xu, S. W., Davies, C. H. J. & Birbilis, N., Sep 2019, In : Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science. 50A, 9, p. 4344–4363 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

25 Citations (Scopus)

Magnesium extrusion alloys: a review of developments and prospects

Zeng, Z., Stanford, N., Davies, C. H. J., Nie, J. F. & Birbilis, N., 2 Jan 2019, In : International Materials Reviews. 64, 1, p. 27-62 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)

Multiple precipitation pathways in an Al-7Si-0.6Mg alloy fabricated by selective laser melting

Rao, J. H., Zhang, Y., Zhang, K., Huang, A., Davies, C. H. J. & Wu, X., 1 Feb 2019, In : Scripta Materialia. 160, p. 66-69 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review