Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanics of materials and composites

Our research is conducted under the umbrella of the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) based in Auckland.

Synergy is the combination of two or more things to produce an effect greater than their individual effects. Composite material systems combine two or more materials with very different properties into a new designed material. Such engineered materials, produced in specific ways, have superior synergistic properties and performance based on the combined action and interaction of the constituents and of the interfaces between them.

The success of composite materials is attested by the range of carbon and glass-reinforced materials in use today. Engineering these new materials for specific applications demands expertise found in mechanical engineering, theoretical mechanics, polymer science and materials engineering. Hence, the composites research group has a multidisciplinary approach to its research.

Our research is conducted under the umbrella of the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) based in Auckland. The mission of the Centre for Advanced Composites Research is to advance research in this area and develop young engineers through theoretical modelling, practical application and informative publication.

For more information visit CACM website.


Research areas

Students interested in composites can do research in the following areas:

  • Development of novel materials ( eg: Bio – composites, Nano – composites)
  • Design and performance evaluation of fibre composite materials and soft-core laminates for marine automotive, aerospace and recreational applications
  • Development, simulation and control of cost-effective and robust manufacturing processes
  • Projects run in conjunction with companies such as Southern Spars, Rocket Lab and BMW
  • Emphasis on realistic analysis and applications
  • Product design and practical applications - composite wheelchair, thermoplastic snow skis , ankle supports and other exciting and practical projects

See a list of research projects available to postgraduate students.




The Bachelor of Engineering courses available at the University of Auckland relevant to the fields of mechanics of materials and composites are:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Descriptions of all our undergraduate courses are available on the course details page.



Descriptions of all our postgraduate courses are available on the course details page.


Industrial partners and collaborators

  • C Tech Ltd
  • Globex Engineering Ltd
  • Southern Spars
  • TruTest
  • Blunt
  • BMW (Munich)
  • Galanti Plastics
  • Emirates Team New Zealand
  • Gurit (NZ) Ltd
  • AIM Altitude
  • Innova Composite Helicopters
  • Galloway International
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Core Builders Composites
  • Advanced Aerospace Ltd
  • ONR



Commercial services

  • Large scale Finite Element Analysis, including significant computational capacity.
  • Design and performance evaluation of composite structures.
  • Analysis of composite manufacturing processes.



For more information contact:

Dr Richard Lin
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 84543