Veronica Gray

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Program Lead - Materials development / Pilot plants and scale up

PhD, B. Eng. (Mechanical) Hons. , B. Sc. (Physics), (University of Newcastle)

Dr Veronica Gray is a mechanical engineer and physicist focusing on structural materials with industry experience.  Her current research focuses on materials to be used for power generation infrastructure.  She focuses on how materials perform under non-constant operating conditions how that impacts the life of materials. This is critical for developing long term successful clean energy infrastructure.

After graduating in 2008, Veronica joined the Defence Science and Technology Organisation as part of the Future Operations Division, Joint Operations Division.  She worked as a Joint Systems Scientist with a major focus on future warfare in the EM spectrum.  She also conducted research into future Asymmetrical Warfare.  Returning to do her PhD mid-2010, Veronica undertook research using the neutron facilities at Los Alamos, LANL, USA and Lucas Heights, ANSTO, Australia. During her PhD Veronica also won an ARC Researchers in Business grant to work with Pivot Maritime International for her research into simulating rogue wave and shallow water effects on commercial maritime vessels and infrastructure.

After completing her PhD in 2013, Veronica moved to Swansea University as a postdoc researcher within the Rolls Royce UTC.  There she spent 4yrs investigating a range of aerospace and power generation materials.  She focused on creep and fatigue with a focus on dynamic testing (TMF, dwell fatigue and transient creep) as well as ultra-high temperature testing.

Veronica has now returned to Australia in 2018 an taken up a position with QUT as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. Her specialty subjects are:

  • Materials: Nickel Superalloys, Titanium Alloys, Steels, MAX Phase Ceramics
  • Material Testing and Properties: Creep, Transient Creep, Fatigue, TMF, Hardness, Tensile -Neutron Scattering: Elastic (Powder diffraction, SANS) and Inelastic (Time-of-Flight and Triple-Axis)
  • Analysis and Simulation Techniques: SEM, TEM, AFM, DFT, DFT-MD, APT, Systems Analysis, Systems Architecture