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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
Qualifications BEng USQ , PhD Nottingham

Research interests
Prof Peter Schubel is a polymer composites materials & manufacturing engineer, specialising in the design and processing of high-value composite components and structures, focusing in particular on automated manufacturing, process development, advanced infusion processing, surface metrology and cost modelling for the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors.

Peter completed his Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia in 1999. After working as a Production Engineer at Orford for 2 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 Professors in Engineering worldwide, accepting the role as Director of the Centre for Future Materials (CFM).

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)

Research most recent
- Advanced Liquid Resin Infusion - Aerospace
- Surface Metrology/Quality
- Automated Manufacturing (AFP)
- Advanced Tool Design
- Structural Health and cure strain monitoring
- Technical Cost Modelling
- Nano Composites
- Natural Resin and Fibre Development
- Wind Turbine design

- 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

- Career total research awards of over $40 million.
- 77 publications
- Executive Committee for 3 international conferences
- Supervised 17 researchers (PhD and PDRA)

Over the last 8 years an estimated $40 million has been obtained in research grants and external contracts as PI or as Co-I. A further $6.6 million is estimated to be leveraged through industrial contribution for items such as capital equipment, materials and software. 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

- 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

Schubel, P. and Umer, R. and Boateng, E. K. G. (2018) Modelling heat transfer through an FBG optical fibre. Composites Part A : Applied Science and Manufacturing, 109. pp. 184-196. ISSN 1359-835X

Aziz, A. R. and Ali, M. A. and Zeng, X. and Umer, R. and Schubel, P. and Cantwell, W. J. (2017) Transverse permeability of dry fiber preforms manufactured by automated fiber placement. Composites Science and Technology, 152. pp. 57-67. ISSN 0266-3538

Zeng, Xuesen and Schubel, Peter and Lorrillard, Julien (2016) Modelling VARTM process induced variations on bending performance of composite Omega beams. Composites Part A, 90. pp. 371-379. ISSN 1359-835X

Shah, Darshil U. and Schubel, Peter J. (2016) On recycled carbon fibre composites manufactured through a liquid composite moulding process. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 35 (7). pp. 533-540. ISSN 0731-6844

Matveev, M. Y. and Schubel, P. J. and Long, A. C. and Jones, I. A. (2016) Understanding the buckling behaviour of steered tows in automated dry fibre placement (ADFP). Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 90. pp. 451-456. ISSN 1359-835X

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