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Professor Peter Schubel

Professor Peter Schubel
Name Peter Schubel
Position Executive Director (Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences)
Section Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (Operations)
Office Z2-110
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1337
Extension 1337
Email
Qualifications BEng USQ , PhD Nottingham

Prof Peter Schubel is the Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (IAESS) and Director of the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) at USQ. IAESS provides a dedicated facility for Space and Defence research with a focus on hypersonic propulsion systems, rockets, advanced materials and astrophysics. With world-class infrastructure and equipment, USQ is home to the Mt Kent Observatory which provides the only ground-based support in the southern hemisphere for NASA’s TESS mission, a long duration hypersonic wind tunnel, rocket manufacturing lab, Australia’s only commercial static rocket test facility, as well as Australia’s number one ranked composite materials, manufacturing and testing facilities. Prof Schubel’s particular area of expertise is in the design and processing of high-value composite components and structures, focusing in particular on automated manufacturing, process development, advanced infusion processing, repair, CMC’s and surface metrology. Prof Schubel has been awarded over $113million in competitive research grants and 363million in total research project activity. Prof Schubel returned to Australia in 2016 after spending 16 years in the UK at the University of Nottingham, working with companies such as Aston Martin, Boeing, AIRBUS, BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Safran and Rolls Royce PLC. Prof Schubel is a board member for a number of Space and Defence committees including ‘Queensland Space Industry Reference Group’, ‘Ipswich Defence Industry Attraction Committee’, ‘Australian Plastics Industry Training Committee’ and ‘ARM Hub Advisory Committee’. Peter completed his Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia in 1999. After working as a Production Engineer at Orford for two years, he moved to the University of Nottingham, UK and in 2004 completed his PhD with industrial sponsor Aston Martin Lagonda in the area of Polymer Composites Engineering. Peter remained at the University of Nottingham, achieving Principal Research Fellow in the period of 2004 to 2015 where he worked on composite materials and manufacturing projects ranging from automotive, aerospace and wind energy sectors. In 2011, he took on a joint role as the National Centre Manager for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites, coordinating fundamental composites research activity in the UK. In 2014, he was also appointed as the Deputy Director of the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture at the University of Bristol, where he supported the development and delivery of the EngD program. Peter was appointed A/Prof in Composites Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham in 2015, supporting the delivery of Design and Manufacture (MM1DM1). Peter was awarded a Professorship in 2016 at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, making him one of the youngest Engineering Professors in Australia.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Composite and Hybrid Materials ( 091202 )
  • Textile Technology ( 091012 )
  • Aerospace Materials ( 090102 )
  • Aerospace Materials ( 400101 )
  • Textile Technology ( 401413 )
  • Composite And Hybrid Materials ( 401602 )
  • Aerospace Engineering ( 400100 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 401600 )
  • Manufacturing Engineering ( 401400 )

Research interests
Prof Schubel’s particular area of expertise is in the design and processing of high-value composite components and structures, focusing in particular on automated manufacturing, process development, advanced infusion processing, repair, CMC’s and surface metrology. Prof Schubel has been awarded over $113million in competitive research grants and 363million in total research project activity. Prof Schubel returned to Australia in 2016 after spending 16 years in the UK at the University of Nottingham, working with companies such as Aston Martin, Boeing, AIRBUS, BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Safran and Rolls Royce PLC.

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)
  • Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (IAESS)

Research most recent
RESEARCH EXPERTISE/ PROJECT EXPERIENCE:
- Advanced Liquid Resin Infusion - Aerospace
- Surface Metrology/Quality
- Automated Manufacturing (AFP, Braiding, Filament Winding)
- Advanced Tool Design
- Structural Health and cure strain monitoring
- Technical Cost Modelling
- RTM & HPRTM
- Nano Composites
- Natural Resin and Fibre Development
- Wind Turbine design

AWARDS:
- 2013 - JEC Asia Innovation Award
- 2011 - JEC Europe Innovation Award
- 2010 - BP Achievement Award
- 2010 - The Engineer Technology and Innovation Awards
- 2009 - IMechE Project Prize
- 2007 - Ingenuity Fellow

RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP
- Career total research grant awards of over $113 million.
- Career total project awards over $360 million
- >100 publications
- Executive Committee for > 10 international conferences
- Supervised >30 PhD researchers & > 15 Postdocs

RESEARCH FUNDING
Over the last 10 years greater than $113 million has been obtained in research grants and external contracts as PI or as Co-I. A further $251 million is estimated to be leveraged through industrial contribution . Industrial research collaborations include the following:

Aerospace - Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation, GKN, AIRBUS, Boeing, Safran Aircelle,
Defence - DST Group, BAE Systems
Automotive - Ford US, Aston Martin, McLaren
Energy - Gamesa, Vestas, Siemens, NaRec, Moog Insensys, Camira Energy, Luxfer,
Civil - Austrak, Laing O'Rourke, TRADA, Norbord
Materials suppliers - Hexcel, Gurit, Formax, Sigmatex, Scott Bader, Saflin, Composites Evolution, ATL Composites, Allnex
Machine companies - Fives, Coriolis, Magnum Venus Plastech, Dyson
Technology Centres - NCC (UK), AMRC, NIACE, MTC
SMEs - LSM Composites, BAC, Solent Composite, Pentam, Senior Atlas, NetComposites, Pentaxia, Composite Integration

INTERNATIONAL STANDING
- Guest Editor for `Advances in material science and engineering - Green composite materials', Vol 2015, 2014-2015
- Editorial Board for the Journal Energy Science and Technology (CRDCSC) [ISSN 1923-8460], 2013
- Member of the Evaluation Panel for the European Commission FP7 (2011-2013) & CleanSky (2012-13), Horizon2020 (2015-)
- Member of the Executive &/or Scientific Committee of national and international conferences on composites:
Exec &Sci Committee for Asian-Australasian conference on composite materials, 2018
Exec & Sci Committee for International Symposium on Advanced Composites, 2016
Exec & Sci Committee for Composites Innovation 2016
Exec & Sci Committee for 10th International Conference on Manufacturing of Advanced Composites (ICMAC), 2015
Exec Committee for 12th Deformation & Fracture of Composite Materials (DFC-12), 2013
- Invited chair/keynote speaker at leading national and international meetings:
ACIC, 28-30 March 2017, Gold Coast, Australia
ICMAC, 24-25 June 2015, Bristol, UK
EcoComp, 03-04 July 2013, Birmingham, UK
DFC-12, 2013, Cambridge, UK
CleanTech - Future2 of off-shore wind energy, 2012, Düsseldorf, Germany
- Regular referee for a large number of scientific journals in the field of Composites, Aerospace, Wind Energy and SHM



Publications in ePrints

Salih, Choman ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8705-8779 and Manalo, AllanORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0493-433X and Ferdous, WahidORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4473-4722 and Yu, Peng and Heyer, Tom and Schubel, PeterORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1610-0922 (2022) Behaviour of timber-alternative railway sleeper materials under five-point bending. Construction and Building Materials, 316:125882. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0950-0618

Hall, Molly and Zeng, Xuesen and Shelley, TristanORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4812-0285 and Schubel, PeterORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1610-0922 (2022) In situ Thermoset Cure Sensing: A Review of Correlation Methods. Polymers, 14 (15):2978. pp. 1-29.

Alajarmeh, Omar ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9446-5436 and Alhawamdeh, Mohammad and Shelley, TristanORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4812-0285 and Mohammed, Ali and Nicol, Lachlan and Schubel, PeterORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1610-0922 and Zeng, Xuesen (2022) Influence of post-processing on the compressive behaviour of full-scale pultruded FRP columns: Holes and inserts. Engineering Structures, 266:114547. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0141-0296

Yu, Peng and Manalo, AllanORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0493-433X and Ferdous, WahidORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4473-4722 and Salih, ChomanORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8705-8779 and Heyer, Tom and Schubel, PeterORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1610-0922 (2022) Screw lateral restraint behaviour of timber and polymeric based railway sleepers. Engineering Failure Analysis, 139:106514. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1350-6307

Zangana, Sartip and Epaarachchi, Jayantha and Ferdous, WahidORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4473-4722 and Leng, Jinsong and Schubel, PeterORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1610-0922 (2021) Behaviour of continuous fibre composite sandwich core under low-velocity impact. Thin-Walled Structures, 158:107157. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0263-8231

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Composite and Hybrid Materials ( 091202 )
  • Textile Technology ( 091012 )
  • Aerospace Materials ( 090102 )
  • Aerospace Materials ( 400101 )
  • Textile Technology ( 401413 )
  • Composite And Hybrid Materials ( 401602 )
  • Aerospace Engineering ( 400100 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 401600 )
  • Manufacturing Engineering ( 401400 )