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Prof Gangadhara Prusty

Robotic Manufacture of Advanced Composites – Current Trends and Opportunities

Presented by Professor Gangadhara Prusty from the UNSW Australia, Director of the ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites and Deputy Director at the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology.


UNSW Australia is the home for a brand new Automated Composites Laboratory, equipped with an Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) machine for digitally manufacturing structures enabling from concepts to reality. The integrated composites facility is fully functional with equipment to make, bake and break composites in one stop.  The state-of-the-art facility within UNSW’s Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is the first of its kind in Australia, and it is facilitating automated production of lighter, stronger materials already being used in a range of engineering applications.  Our recent work at UNSW Australia on the use of fibre optic sensing methods for in-situ processing defect identification demonstrates the feasibility of adapting such technology at a larger scale that can ensure a high level of quality assurance for the composite components fabricated using automated fabrication methods.

About the presenter

Gangadhara Prusty is a Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and is the Director of Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC). Professor Prusty pioneered the establishment of Automated Composites laboratory in UNSW Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. The facility is world class with more than $3.5m equipment value that includes Australasia’s first robotic cell for the automated fabrication of bespoke composite with tape laying and directed fibre placement of Thermoset and Thermoplastic materials.
His research strengths are on the nano, micro and macro-mechanics of fibre reinforced composites, embodied with experimental and finite element modelling techniques. His current research focus on the online monitoring and processing of advanced composites using Automated Tape/Fibre Placement (ATP/AFP) procedure.