Dr Michael Bermingham

Senior Research Fellow

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
m.bermingham@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69571

Overview

Dr Michael Bermingham’s research is primarily concerned with advanced manufacturing of metal materials. This also involves metal alloy development including understanding how the manufacturing process influences the structure and behaviour of the material and how alloy design can be optimised for the process. He has research expertise in solidification processing (including casting, welding, soldering and additive manufacturing) as well as subtractive metal machining technologies.

Michael was awarded his PhD from the University of Queensland in 2010 with a Dean’s award for Outstanding Higher Degree Theses. From 2010-2015 he completed a post-doctoral appointment sponsored by the then Defence Materials Research Centre (now DMTC Ltd) working with Australian manufacturers in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain. This work principally centred on developing advanced machining technologies for titanium fabrication. The impact of this work was assessed and awarded the highest rating of “A: Outstanding impacts in terms of reach and significance” in the 2012 ATN Go8 EIA National Report. During this time Michael also completed a post-doctoral appointment investigating new materials and design solutions for implantable medical devices in collaboration with a multinational medical device manufacturer.

Michael became a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering in 2016 and has been a Senior Lecturer since 2020. He teaches into undergraduate and postgraduate courses in materials, manufacturing and design and has won a number of teaching awards including a 2020 Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Michael has been successful in obtaining competitive grant funding including over $9.2m in ARC projects (1x ARC Future Fellowship, 1x ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, 2 x ARC Discovery Projects, 1 x ARC Linkage Project, 1 x ARC Research Hub) as well as $0.5m in funding across multiple internal schemes and direct industry sponsored/contract research projects.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • I am seeking interested and capable PhD students looking to conduct research in the field of alloy development as part of my ARC Future Fellowship commencing in 2024. Successful students will be supported and join a small team of researchers in this project and others and will have an engineering degree from a prestigious university (i.e. top 100) and/or have an emerging research profile with first author publications in reputable journals.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Abdul Razak, Nurul R., Tan, Xin F., McDonald, Stuart D., Bermingham, Michael J., Venezuela, Jeffery, Nishimura, Tetsuro and Nogita, Kazuhiro (2023). Controlling porosity during transient liquid phase bonding for high-temperature soldering processes. 2023 International Conference on Electronics Packaging (ICEP), Kumamoto, Japan, 19-22 April 2023. Piscataway, NJ, United States: IEEE. doi: 10.23919/icep58572.2023.10129722

  • Bermingham, Michael, StJohn, David, Easton, Mark, Yuan, Lang and Dargusch, Matthew (2020). Revealing the mechanisms of grain nucleation and formation during additive manufacturing. 2nd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (APICAM 2019), Melbourne, VIC Australia, 1 - 3 July 2019. New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi: 10.1007/s11837-020-04019-5

  • StJohn, David H., McDonald, Stuart D., Bermingham, Michael J., Mereddy, Sri, Prasad, Arvind and Dargusch, Matthew (2018). The challenges associated with the formation of equiaxed grains during additive manufacturing of titanium alloys. 4th International Conference on Powder Metallurgy of Titanium, PMTi 2017, Xian, China, 8-10 September 2017. Trans Tech Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.770.155

  • StJohn, David H., Easton, Mark A., Cao, Peng, Bermingham, Michael and Qian, Ma (2013). A brief history of the grain refinement of cast light alloys. LMT 2013: 6th International Light Metals Technology Conference, Old Windsor, UK, 24-26 July, 2013. Stafa-Zurich, Switzerland: Trans Tech Publications. doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.765

  • Xi, Yao, Bermingham, Michael, Wang, Gui and Dargusch, Matthew (2013). FEA modelling of cutting force and chip formation in thermally assisted machining of Ti6Al4V alloy. LMT 2013: 6th International Light Metals Technology Conference, Old Windsor, UK, 24-26 July, 2013. Stafa-Zurich, Switzerland: Trans Tech Publications. doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.765.343

  • Palanisamy, S., Dargusch, M. S., Sun, S., Bermingham, M. J., Wen, C. E., Wang, G., Xia, K. and StJohn, D. H. (2012). Review of recent titanium research in Australia. 12th World Conference on Titanium, Ti 2011, Beijing, China, 19-24 June 2011. Beijing, China: Science Press.

  • StJohn, David H., Easton, Mark A., Qian, Ma, Cao, Peng and Bermingham, Michael J. (2011). Introduction to the interdependence theory of grain formation and its application to aluminium, magnesium and titanium alloys. 5th International Conference on Light Metals Technology, Luneburg, Germany, 19-22 July 2011. Stafa-Zurich, Switzerland: Trans Tech Publications. doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.690.206

  • Bermingham, Michael J., McDonald, Stuart D., Dargusch, Matthew S. and StJohn, David H. (2010). Effect of oxygen on the beta-grain size of cast titanium. 7th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing, PRICM-7, Cairns, QLD, Australia, 2-6 August 2010. Zurich, Switzerland: Trans Tech Publications. doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.654-656.1472

  • Bermingham, Michael, McDonald, Stuart D., St John, David H. and Dargusch, Matthew S. (2009). Latest developments in understanding the grain refinement of cast titanium. 4th International Light Metals Technology Conference (LMT 2009), Gold Coast, Australia, 29 June - 1 July 2009. Stafa-Zurich, Switzerland: Trans Tech Publications. doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.618-619.315

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • I am seeking interested and capable PhD students looking to conduct research in the field of alloy development as part of my ARC Future Fellowship commencing in 2024. Successful students will be supported and join a small team of researchers in this project and others and will have an engineering degree from a prestigious university (i.e. top 100) and/or have an emerging research profile with first author publications in reputable journals.