Rhys Jones


Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Monash University where he is also Head of the RAAF Directorate General Technical Airworthiness Funded Centre of Expertise in Structural Mechanics. With over 350 fully refereed publications, several books and an H-index of 35 Professor Jones has made significant contributions to the fields of: aircraft structural integrity, fatigue life extension, thermo-elastic stress analysis; fatigue assessment and fracture mechanics; computational mechanics; aging structures; repair technology; Supersonic Particle Deposition (SPD) and composite materials. Professor Jones is internationally acknowledged, together with Dr. Alan Baker, as having played a pioneering role in the development of advanced composites to extend the operational life of Military and Civilian aircraft , , i.e. F111, Mirage III0, B-52, 747, 767, 727 and (Airbus) A-340, and played a leading role in transferring this technology to the US as part of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aging Aircraft Program . This technology has subsequently been adopted in Australia, Europe and in the USA and has been applied to a large crossection of military aircraft. In 2008 his work on thermoelasicity was chosen by the Australian Chief Defence Scientist as one of the top ten (Australian) Defence Science papers in the period 1907-2007 . As a result of his standing in the field of Fatigue and Fracture and his pioneering work on the use of cold spray to ensure continued airworthiness Professor Jones is a member of the joint Australian Naval Aircraft System Project Office-Directorate General Technical Airworthiness working group formed to transfer Supersonic Particle Deposition Technology to Australian military aircraft.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mechanical Engineering Department, Monash University, Victoria, Australia