19972021

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Biography

Professor Christopher Hutchinson’s research covers all aspects of the metallurgy of engineering alloys. This includes work on Steels and Stainless steels, Aluminium alloys, Copper and Brasses, Titanium alloys and Magnesium alloys.

Christopher’s emphasis is on manipulation of the chemistry and processing of engineering alloys to create new alloy structures that exhibit improved combinations of mechanical properties such as strength, elongation, impact, wear and fatigue etc.

Approximately half of his research is conducted in collaboration with Industry (automotive, aerospace, rail, manufacturing, oil and gas) and half funded by fundamental research agencies such as the Australian Research Council (ARC). Professor Hutchinson was a recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship in the inaugural round of 2009, was a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals (2005-2013) and is currently a Chief Investigator in the ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency (2016-2021).

Christopher’s work combines, in roughly equal parts, advanced experimentation and characterisation (including electron microscopy, synchrotron x-ray radiation and neutron diffraction) and theory and computer modelling of the response of alloy structures to changes in materials processing and deformation.

Current projects include the development of new ultra-high strength steels (>2GPa) for the automotive industry, process optimization for 3rd generation advanced high strength steels (AHSS), new ‘dynamically responding’ fatigue resistant Al alloys with properties that improve rather than deteriorate during loading, recrystallization studies of commercial Al alloys, surface modification of engineering alloys, 3D printing of stainless steels for on-demand replacement parts, and process optimisation for thermo-mechanical processing of Brasses.

In addition to his core metallurgy focus, Professor Hutchinson is involved in a large range of Civil Engineering and Architecture projects where he provides metallurgy expertise.

Research area keywords

  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Mechanical Metallurgy
  • Modelling and Simulation of Materials
  • Steel
  • Aluminium alloys
  • 3D Metal printing

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Projects

Research Output

A Total-Lagrangian Material Point Method for solid mechanics problems involving large deformations

de Vaucorbeil, A., Nguyen, V. P. & Hutchinson, C. R., 1 Mar 2020, In : Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 360, 31 p., 112783.

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Selective laser melting of nickel aluminium bronze

Murray, T., Thomas, S., Wu, Y., Neil, W. & Hutchinson, C., May 2020, In : Additive Manufacturing. 33, 13 p., 101122.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The effect of alloying elements on cementite coarsening during martensite tempering

Wu, Y. X., Sun, W. W., Gao, X., Styles, M. J., Arlazarov, A. & Hutchinson, C. R., 15 Jan 2020, In : Acta Materialia. 183, p. 418-437 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A new total-Lagrangian smooth particle hydrodynamics approximation for the simulation of damage and fracture of ductile materials

de Vaucorbeil, A. & Hutchinson, C. R., 24 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Influence of precipitation on yield elongation in Mg-Zn alloys

Wang, J., Ferdowsi, M. R. G., Kada, S. R., Hutchinson, C. R. & Barnett, M. R., 1 Feb 2019, In : Scripta Materialia. 160, p. 5-8 4 p.

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7 Citations (Scopus)