Dr Matthew Donough
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr Matthew Donough

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

I am a post-doctoral researcher with ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) at UNSW Sydney. I attained my PhD in Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University in 2015. My research includes aerospace structures, numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation, and composite and hybrid materials. My interests are oriented towards: 
 - modelling and prediction of fatigue crack growth in a composite structures;
 - the design and optimization of advanced grid structures;
 - predicting the response and damage evolution in composite laminates and sandwich structures;
 - improving the impact and ballistic resistance of composite structures through bio-inspired designs;
 - modeling of composite laminates under extreme thermal loads.

+61 2 9065 3838
Ainsworth Building (J17) Level 2, Room 208A
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Jenkins C; Donough MJ; Gangadhara Prusty B, 2024, 'Mould free laminated composites using eccentric fibre prestressing', Composite Structures, 331, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2023.117867
    Journal articles | 2023
    Caldwell RL; Donough MJ; Phillips AW; St John NA; Prusty BG, 2023, 'Dynamic response of composite materials subjected to low velocity impacts in water: A numerical study', Composites Communications, 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coco.2023.101775
    Journal articles | 2023
    Donough MJ; Prusty BG; Van Donselaar MJ; Morozov EV; Wang H; Hazell PJ; Philips AW; John NAS, 2023, 'In-Plane and Oblique Edge-on Impact on Thick Glass-Fibre/Epoxy Composite Laminates', International Journal of Impact Engineering, 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2022.104373
    Journal articles | 2023
    Garg N; Donough MJ; Song C; Phillips AW; Prusty BG, 2023, 'Three-dimensional scaled boundary finite element method to study interfacial imperfections in thick laminated composite plates undergoing bi-axial bending', Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 146, pp. 34 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enganabound.2022.10.003
    Journal articles | 2023
    Islam F; Donough MJ; Oromiehie E; Phillips AW; St John NA; Prusty BG, 2023, 'Modelling the effect of hot gas torch heating on adjacent tows during automated fibre placement consolidation of thermoplastic composites', Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 36, pp. 4211 - 4236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/08927057221123477
    Journal articles | 2023
    Maung PT; Prusty BG; Donough MJ; Oromiehie E; Phillips AW; St John NA, 2023, 'Automated manufacture of optimised shape-adaptive compsite hydrofoils with curvilinear fibre paths for improved bend-twist performance', Marine Structures, 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marstruc.2022.103327
    Journal articles | 2023
    Shafaq ; Donough MJ; Farnsworth AL; Phillips AW; St John NA; Gangadhara Prusty B, 2023, 'Influence of deposition rates on the mode I fracture toughness of in-situ consolidated thermoplastic composites', Composites Part B: Engineering, 251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2022.110474
    Journal articles | 2023
    Zhao C; Donough MJ; Prusty BG; Xiao J; Zhou L; An L, 2023, 'Pseudo-ductile fracture in grid stiffened structure by automated fibre placement', Composite Structures, 308, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2023.116694
    Journal articles | 2022
    Donough MJ; Shafaq ; St John NA; Philips AW; Gangadhara Prusty B, 2022, 'Process modelling of In-situ consolidated thermoplastic composite by automated fibre placement – A review', Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2022.107179
    Journal articles | 2022
    Garg N; Saputra A; Donough M; Song C; Phillips AW; Prusty BG, 2022, 'Application of scaled boundary finite element method for three-dimensional modeling of bi-axial bending in thick laminated composite plates', Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 29, pp. 6935 - 6947, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15376494.2021.1989526
    Journal articles | 2022
    Gu Y; Nguyen T; Donough MJ; Gangadhara Prusty B; Wang J, 2022, 'Mechanisms of pop-up delamination in laminated composites pierced by the initial pure waterjet in abrasive waterjet machining', Composite Structures, 297, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2022.115968
    Journal articles | 2022
    Oromiehie E; Gain AK; Donough MJ; Prusty BG, 2022, 'Fracture toughness assessment of CF-PEEK composites consolidated using hot gas torch assisted automated fibre placement', Composite Structures, 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.114762
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ghazlan A; Ngo T; Tan P; Xie YM; Tran P; Donough M, 2021, 'Inspiration from Nature's body armours – A review of biological and bioinspired composites', Composites Part B: Engineering, 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2020.108513
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zhao C; Donough MJ; Prusty BG; Xiao J, 2021, 'Influences of ply waviness and discontinuity on automated fibre placement manufactured grid stiffeners', Composite Structures, 256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2020.113106
    Journal articles | 2020
    Gargano A; Donough M; Das R; Mouritz AP, 2020, 'Damage to fibre-polymer laminates caused by surface contact explosive charges', Composites Part B: Engineering, 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2020.108162
    Journal articles | 2015
    Donough MJ; Gunnion AJ; Orifici AC; Wang CH, 2015, 'Plasticity induced crack closure in adhesively bonded joints under fatigue loading', International Journal of Fatigue, 70, pp. 440 - 450, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2014.07.003
    Journal articles | 2015
    Donough MJ; Gunnion AJ; Orifici AC; Wang CH, 2015, 'Scaling parameter for fatigue delamination growth in composites under varying load ratios', Composites Science and Technology, 120, pp. 39 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2015.10.011
  • Conference Papers | 2015
    Donough MJ; Gunnion AJ; Orifici AC; Wang CH, 2015, 'A new scaling parameter for delamination growth in composite laminates under fatigue loading', in ICCM International Conferences on Composite Materials
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Donough MJ; Gunnion AJ; Orifici AC; Wang CH, 2012, 'Critical assessment of failure criteria for adhesively bonded composite repair design', in 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012, pp. 4946 - 4956

Light weight composite conveyor support structures for underground coal mines. Funded by: Australia Coal Research Program (2021-2023)

My Research Supervision

  • Shafaq (PhD candidate): Durability of marine composite propeller
  • Rowan Caldwell (PhD candidate): Durability of marine composite propeller
  • Christopher Jenkins (PhD candidate): Composite suspension leaf arm