Dr Matthew Joseph Donough
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Matthew Joseph Donough

Sch: Mech & Manufacturing Eng

I am a Research Fellow 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 focus include numerical analysis, design and experimental testing of composite structures. My research in aerospace structures, numerical modelling and mechanical characterization, and composite and hybrid materials is 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.

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  • 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, vol. 205, pp. 108513 - 108513, 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, vol. 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, vol. 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, vol. 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, vol. 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)