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Emeritus Professor Doug Hargreaves
Emeritus Professor
Faculty of Science,
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Visitor's position
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Discipline *
Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering
+61 417 163 629
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PhD (University of Leeds), MSc(Distinction) (University of Leeds), BEng (Queensland Inst. of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Engineering Executive, Engineers Australia (EngExec)
  • Fellow, Engineers Australia, (FIEAust, CPEng)
  • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ)
  • National Professional Engineer Register (NPER)

Bearing design, characteristics and performance, Design of machine elements, Engineering education, Environmentally friendly lubricants, Lubricant performance, Mechanical engineering, Tribology (friction, lubrication and wear), Water as a lubricant

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Doug Hargreaves is the Head of the School of Engineering Systems at QUT. He is a mechanical engineer having published over 100 refereed papers on Tribology (friction, wear and lubrication) and in excess of 30 papers on engineering education.
He is a former President of Engineers Australia (Qld) and secretary of the Australian Association of Engineering Education (AaeE). He is currently the Queensland Chapter Chair of CELM. He has served on many EA committees over a long period of time including the Board of the College of Mechanical Engineers and National Congress.
Since becoming Head of School he has developed and implemented a model of leadership that is referred to as Values Driven Leadership.
Research areas:
Within the broad fields of asset management, and engineering leadership and education, Professor Hargreaves and his research team have defined four main research areas:

  • Tribology
  • Bearing Design
  • Engineering Education
  • Values Driven Leadership


  • 2005/2008: Development of Integrated wear-Fatigue-Lubrication Model for assessment of Rail-Wheel degradation and Operational Risks – Chattopadhyay G and Hargreaves DJ – CRC Rail and CIEAM ($130,000 pa (3 years))
  • Development of an integrated model for Benchmarking Rail Wheel Lubrication – Chattopadhyay G and Hargreaves DJ – QUT Visiting Research Fellowship, Dr PO Larsson-Kraik ($4,000)
  • 2004: Improving plant reliability and reduction of process cycle time of animal feedstock production – QUT Strategic Links Scheme with Chattopadhyay G and Wang J ($7,500)
  • 2004: Essentials of tribochemistry of synthetic lubricants – QUT Visiting Research Fellowship with Prof Zenon Pawlak ($7,000)
  • 2004: Fundamental study of the use of environmentally sustainable lubricants such as water in multi-axial groove journal bearings – Hargreaves DJ, Brown RJ, Kelson NA and Pai R – ARC/QUT Linkage ($2,000)
  • 2004-2006: Prediction of material removal from the conveying pipeline system and optimisation of process parameters for maximum plant life – (With several other researchers) – Office of Commercial Services ($7,500 per year)
  • 2004-2006: Gas Turbine Asset Management – (With several other researchers) – Office of commercial services ($22 000 per year)
  • 2004: Formula SAE-A Competition – Office of Commercial Services ($6,000)
  • 2004: Fundamental study of multi-axial groove journal bearings with particular emphasis on water-based lubrication – ARC/NHMRC ($2,000)
  • 2003: Development of total cost of ownership models for railway assets – QUT Visiting Research Fellowship – U Dinesh Kumar with Dr Gopi Chattopadhyay ($4,000)
  • 2003: Development of an efficient, smooth and readily controlled resistance cycling ergometer – With Dr Tim Barker – Australian Institute of Sport ($12,000) – QUT strategic links ($6,000)
  • Modelling of a heavy-duty diesel engine low emission retrofit kit – Participating agencies: AusIndustry R&D , With Rotec Pty Ltd – Graduate Start Program ($5,000)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling of turbulent flow in water lubricated journal bearings – QUT Visiting Research Fellowship – Dr R Pai ($6,250)
  • 2000: Modelling the dispersion of two-stroke engine emissions in sea water – QUT Post Doctoral Fellowship with Dr Richard Brown ($5,000)
  • 1999: The influence of mold release agents on the surface finish of architectural concrete – Fuchs Lubritech Scholarship ($9,600)
  • 2001-2004: Integrating Workplace Learning and Professional Education: Implementing a Student Centred, Objectives driven and outcomes focused framework – QUT T&L Large Grant with W Boles, J Bunker, C Lenz, D Campbell, K Hoffman, Ramasamy-Iyer and K Whelan ($131,773)
  • 1998-2001: Using flexible delivery to establish a framework to provide a student capability profile for student in Built Environment and Engineering – QUT T&L Large Grant with M Murray and J Allison ($201,000)
  • 1998-1999: Performance evaluation of polyethylene glycol environmentally friendly lubricants – School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Medical Engineering Seeding Grant ($9,600)
  • 1997-1998: Lubrication of Dragline Components – Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) with W. Scott ($150,000)
  • 1996: Towards Lifelong learning by addressing the mismatch between lecturer and student conceptions and expectations of learning in mechanical engineering – QUT T&L Development Small Grants Scheme ($2,335)
  • 1995: Assessment practices to promote quality learning – QUT T&L Development Small Grants Scheme ($4,674)
  • 1994: Mechanical Engineering and student learning – is all well? – QUT T&L Development Small Grants Scheme with EJ Wallis ($4,610)
  • 1993: The effect of cavitation boundary condition models on predicted automobile piston ring performance – Faculty of Built Environment & Engineering ($6,350)
  • 1993: The implications of different learning approaches of mechanical engineering students on teaching strategies – QUT T&L Development Small Grant Scheme ($4,335)
  • 1993-1995: Lubrication Audit of Draglines – Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) with Prof W. Scott ($126,000)
  • 1992: The effects of lubricant cavitation on the performance of automobile piston rings with respect to fuel economy and exhaust emission levels – QUT R&D Scheme ($12,700)
  • 1992: The development of a testing technique to assess the performance of non-metallic bearings in a variety of environments – AESIRB ($31,384)
  • 1990: The development of a testing technique to assess the performance of non-metallic bearings in a variety of environments – Australian Electrical Research Board (AERB) ($26,500)
  • 1989: Wear of water lubricated non-metallic journal bearings – AERB ($1,000)
  • 1989: Measurement of elastohydrodynamic lubricant film thickness – QIT R&D Scheme ($4,000)
  • 1988: Wear of water lubricated non-metallic journal bearings – Australian Electrical Research Board (AERB) ($15,000)
  • 1988: Investigation of lubrication mechanism in high load – Ampol Research and Development Laboratory ($1,500)
  • 1987-1988: Design of solids separation equipment for the Brewing Industry – Bond Brewings ($23,000)

Career History

  • 2005 – Present: Professor and Head of School, School of Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2003 – 2005: Acting Head of School, School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Medical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology
  • 1999 – 2002: Fuchs Chair in Tribology
  • 1997 – 2005: Associate Professor
  • 1987 – 1997: Senior Lecturer
  • 1984 – 1987: Ampol Research Laboratory – Research Engineer
  • 1981 – 1984: Research Engineer, Sugar Research Institute
  • 1976 – 1977: Mechanical Project Engineer, Queensland Alumina Ltd
  • 1969 – 1972: Queensland Alumina Ltd – Apprenticeship – Fitter and Turner


This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Doug Hargreaves.


Teaching areas:

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  • Chair of Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management (CELM Q) – a part of Engineers Australia QLD Division
  • Judge for Engineers Australia QLD Division Engineering Excellence Awards
  • Editorial Board of Tribotest (international journal)
  • Immediate Past President of Rotary Club of Carindale
  • A wide range of community activities through The Salvation Army Carina Corps for example work at the Recovery Centre (addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling), visitation to hospitals and nursing homes.

Within the broad field of asset management research Professor Doug Hargreaves and his research team has strong collaborations with:

This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Doug Hargreaves.


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