Dr Jeff Gates

Senior Research Fellow

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 53726


Dr Jeff Gates's research interests are in: (a) Engineering failure analysis and forensic metallurgy; (b) Abrasive wear and wear-resistant alloys.

Dr Gates received his PhD from Monash University in 1985 and spent 15 years as an academic and senior researcher at the University of Queensland before starting UQ Materials Performance. He has been the Principal of UQMP (http://www.uqmp.com/) since its inception in 1998.

Dr Gates current long-term research projects are in the fields of:

  • Development of white cast irons with improved abrasion resistance and fracture toughness
  • Development of a suite of new-generation abrasive wear tests with verified predictive ability
  • Development of methodologies for improving resistance to fatigue failure in machinery, including railway axles and conveyer drives
  • Understanding the mechanical and metallurgical factors controlling the incidence of fires of electrical origin and other electrocutions

Research Interests

  • Dr Gates main research interests are:
    (a) Engineering failure analysis and forensic metallurgy; (b) Abrasive wear and wear-resistant alloys.

Research Impacts

Dr Gates's work in engineering failure analysis and forensic metallurgy over the last 18 years has led to a national profile as an expert in this field. The professional consultancy and contract research business UQ Materials Performance, which he founded and directs, has gained a reputaiton as a unique resource for the rigorous investigation of component failures, especially those with major adverse consequences (escalating from financial losses to injuries, fatalities and even multiple fatalities). In this context Dr Gates has acted as an expert witness in numerous litigation cases and industry tribunals. He gave evidence at the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, and was a key witness in three of the subsequent Class Action lawsuits, most notably the Kilmore East - Kinglake class action, which was the largest court case in Victoria's history.


  • Chartered Professional Engineer (Australia)
  • PhD, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Monash University


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Gates, J. D., Gore, G. J., Hermand, M. J. P., Guerineau, M. J. P., Martin, P. B. and Saad, J. (2007). The meaning of high stress abrasion and its application in white cast irons. In: I. M. Hutchings, Wear: 16th International Conference on Wear of Materials. 16th International Conference on Wear of Materials, Montreal, Canada, (6-35). 15-17 April 2007. doi:10.1016/j.wear.2006.12.033

  • Gates, J. D., Gai, X., McInnes, L. J. and Arnold, D. (2003). Performance of clad plate versus other liner products in low-stress sliding abrasion. In: Peter Vrahas, WTIA Technology Week - Surface Engineering Conference. WTIA Technology Week - Surface Engineering Conference, Sydney, Australia, (1-15). 8-12 September 2003.

  • Gates, J. D. (2002). Fragmentation of mild steel during demolition of the Royal Canberra Hospital: Metallurgy and public safety. In: Failure Analysis. IMEA International Conference on Failure Analysis, Melbourne, Australia, (1-8). 20-22 November 2002.

  • Zhang, M. X., Kelly, P. M. and Gates, J. D. (1999). Study of stress induced martensitic transformation in Fe-Ni-C alloy. In: The Japan Institute of Metals Proceedings Volume 12 - Solid-Solid Phase Transformations II, PTM'99. International Conference on Solid-Solid Phase Transformations II, PTM'99, Kyoto, Japan, (1032-1035). 24-28 May 1999. doi:10.1016/S0921-5093(99)00349-4

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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